Coast Guard: Deadly F/V Lady Mary sinking in 2009 the result of open hatch and unstable boat

uscg-logo9057891-standard lady maryA number of modifications over the years had gradually made the North  Carolina-based vessel less safe, according to the report. In addition, a  decision to open a hatch on deck was unsafe and contributed to the sinking. The  report concluded that the boat wasn’t involved in a collision as originally  speculated, but that sea water had gotten onto the main deck and flooded through  the open hatch. Still, the report continued, the crew could have survived the sinking. Read the Report  [email protected] 22:41

One Response to Coast Guard: Deadly F/V Lady Mary sinking in 2009 the result of open hatch and unstable boat

  1. Chris Scola says:

    Nothing in the report explains the significant damage to the port side of the stern ramp and the port corner. Also the starboard outrigger is in the upright position. Water pressure from gradual sinking even with a 30 degree list wouldnt be enough to put the outrigger in this position. I believe that the boat was hit in the port stern by a ship and the sudden collision caused the boat to list to port quickly enough to force the the outrigger up and start the flooding. The collision was probably not a direct hit,so the boat was driven away from the ship by its wake,but was left crippled. With the port outrigger down and whatever water the boat took during the collision caused enough of a list to cause downflooding. It doesnt sound like anyone on the boat had enough experience to deal with the aftermath so we had this unfortunate conclusion.

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