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Winter Storm Riley: At Least 9 Dead on East Coast

Deaths have been reported in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, where two people were killed. Two of the victims – a 6-year-old boy in Chester, Virginia, and an 11-year-old boy in Putnam Valley, New York – were children. The governors of Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia declared states of emergency due to the conditions. National Guard members were activated in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to assist in the aftermath. More than 1.9 million customers were still powerless Saturday afternoon, >click to read<09:14

NTSB: Lack of preparation, training a factor in death of 2 on Alaska crab boat

On December 6, 2016, the motor vessel Exito slipped below the surface of icy Dutch Harbor waters, never to be seen again. Aboard when it sank were two men, contractors for Trident Seafoods. Their bodies were never recovered. Now, over two years later, the National Transportation Safety Board has released a report detailing several factors that it says could have saved the two men. click here to read the story 16:53

Humpback whale washes up in Virginia Beach, aquarium officials conduct necropsy

A humpback whale washed up near the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier on Sunday, the first in the area since National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries declared an Unusual Mortality Event for humpback whale strandings along the Atlantic Coast. The juvenile female was at least 2 years old, measured 30 feet long and weighed about 6 tons, said Susan Barco, research coordinator for the Virginia Aquarium’s research and conservation division. click here to read the story 10:36

Investigation continues after death on commercial fishing boat

An official with the U.S. Coast Guard said a boat currently docked in Beaufort returned with a crew member who had died. According to several posts on Facebook, family and friends identified the fisherman as Wesley Vanhook of Bayboro. The Coast Guard said they got a call around 9:15 Sunday that one of the crew members aboard the Little Jesse had received a head injury. Coast Guard Sector NC launched a cutter, which escorted the 75-foot vessel to the Beaufort Inlet. video, click here08:44

Safety failings on fishing trawler Aquarius led to fisherman’s death

An investigation has revealed that the twin rig trawler, Aquarius was “a poorly run vessel”, issued with 137 deficiencies in the years prior to the death of Nuertey Annang. The Ghanaian-born fisherman, who was 47, died on 17 August 2015 when a rope stopper parted and he was thrown “violently” overboard. The vessel was around two miles east of Aberdeen harbour in Scotland when the incident happened. Despite searches, Annang’s body was never found. A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) identifies that “The skipper and owners of Aquarius consistently prioritised the catching of fish over the safety of the vessel and its crew. This resulted in the promotion of a poor safety culture.” It found that the crew, nor their vessel “had been adequately prepared to deal with such emergency situations.” Read the story here 13:40

Death of Four Ladies Captain Larry Wayne Sears blamed on poor planning, open stern

B97557196Z.120160303131946000G9HCRDOS.11Lack of preparedness and poor adherence to regulations contributed to a fishing death off Cape Sable Island last year, according to a Transportation Safety Board investigation. On March 9, 64-year-old Shag Harbour captain Larry Wayne Sears went overboard on the Four Ladies 2003 fishing vessel and died. According to the TSB, Sears was trying to haul in another lobster trap and anchor that had fallen off the vessel when stacked lobster traps toppled onto the main deck, knocking him off. Sears was wearing a personal flotation device at the time, and the two crew members tried, unsuccessfully, to get him out of the 3 Celsius water and back onto the boat. Read the rest here 15:15

Death of woman found on lobster boat no longer considered suspicious

RCMP say the death of a 20-year-old woman found dead on a Brier Island-based lobster boat Tuesday is no longer considered suspicious. “The investigation, obviously, is still ongoing,” Const. Mark Skinner said Thursday morning. “We’ve ruled out foul play.” The woman was discovered dead in a bunk on a fishing boat as it was heading into Westport Tuesday afternoon. It’s not believed the crew knew the woman was on board. Read the article here 08:54

Life raft cause of three deaths – incorrectly stowed life raft failed to float free and automatically inflate when their vessel sank.

UK- A man who lost his son at sea says tighter safety regulations should be introduced to prevent further tragedy. Peter Prowse’s son, Robert, died along with two crewmen when their boat, the Purbeck Isle, sank. A report said a lifeboat had not been correctly fitted. His body was never found. continued