Casualty News

Louisiana rail bridge stuck in up position after towboat strike

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding following a maritime accident involving a railroad bridge near Slidell, La., on Wednesday. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a notification at about 1 a.m. stating the inspected…

Tugboat catches fire on Fall River

(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — A fire broke out on an unmanned tugboat on the Fall River early Monday morning, WPRI.com reported. The call came in around 4 a.m. from witnesses on the Somerset side of the river who saw heavy…

Crew safe after towboat sinks near Olmsted Locks and Dam

(PULASKI COUNTY, Ill.) — The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted to help crewmembers aboard a sinking towboat on Sunday near the near Olmsted Locks and Dam, KFVS News reported. The Coast Guard got the call at 8:38 p.m. to respond…

Three rescued as tug takes on water, sinks off Puerto Rico

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a marine casualty Thursday south of Puerto Rico. Sector San Juan watch standers received a mayday call from the 112-foot tugboat Proassist III crew stating they were taking on…

Tug being towed sinks off coast of Delaware

(LEWES, Del.) — The U.S. Coast Guard is overseeing the salvage and recovery of the tugboat Miss Aida, which sank approximately 2 nautical miles north of Cape Henlopen State Park on Monday. At 5:50 p.m. on Dec. 14, watch standers…

NTSB details lessons learned in new Safer Seas Digest

(WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its Safer Seas Digest 2019, a report that gathers the most important lessons learned from marine accident investigations completed during calendar year 2019. The report details the lessons learned from 30…

Lifeboat falls from bulk carrier off Vancouver, injuring two

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — A team from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has been assigned to investigate an lifeboat incident that seriously injured two crewmembers from a freighter moored off Vancouver, CBC News reported. The TSB will examine…

Search called off for man overboard near Sabine Pass

(HOUSTON) — The Coast Guard suspended its search Friday for a missing crewmember from the tanker Sagami. Approximately 2,823 square miles were covered over 48 hours with four aircraft and two vessels. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers received the…

Conception captain charged with seaman's manslaughter

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — The captain of a dive boat that caught fire last year off the coast of Santa Barbara was indicted Tuesday on 34 counts of negligent manslaughter, National Public Radio (NPR) reported. Thirty-three passengers and one crewmember…

Casualty Briefs - December/January 2021

Seamanship errors, fatigue cited in fatal collision of destroyer The 2017 collision of the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the containership ACX Crystal stemmed from failures by the Navy ship’s bridge team in the minutes leading to impact, federal investigators said. Seven…

Key NTSB findings

• Most of the victims on Conception were awake but could not escape the bunk room before all were overcome by smoke inhalation. • The source of ignition was not confirmed, although the electrical distribution system of the vessel, unattended…

Three rescued from barge after tug sinks off Rhode Island

(BOSTON) — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners from a disabled 108-foot barge off Point Judith, R.I., on Wednesday. At 8:17 a.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., received a call via VHF…

Man missing after falling from tugboat in Jacksonville

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for a man who went missing after falling overboard near Blount Island on Sunday. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville received notification at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday from the…

NTSB cites inadequate preload testing in toppling of liftboat

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued Marine Accident Brief 20/36 on Tuesday for its investigation of the Sept. 8, 2019 overturning of the liftboat Kristin Faye in the Gulf of Mexico. One crewmember was injured evacuating the…

Partially sunken tugboat discharging oil in St. Croix lagoon

(ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands) — U.S. Coast Guard pollution teams continue responding Tuesday to an active oil discharge from the partially sunken and abandoned tugboat Cape Lookout within Krause Lagoon in St. Croix. The amount of oil discharged from…