Marine Accident Brief

Engine Room Fire and Eventual Flooding and Sinking of Fishing Vessel Lucky Diamond

Gulf of Mexico, southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana
May 10, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-13-03
Adopted: February 1, 2013

Accident Summary

The fishing vessel Lucky Diamond caught fire and burned for several hours before sinking in 40 feet of water about 2200 on May 10, 2012. The master of the vessel suffered first-degree burns to his face and eyes, and the remaining three crewmembers were lost and are presumed deceased.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the loss of the unispected fishing vessel Lucky Diamond was a fire of unknown origin in the engine room followed by down-flooding of the interior compartments and eventual sinking of the vessel.