Marine Accident Brief

Sinking of Fishing Vessel Viking II

Atlantic Ocean
75 nautical miles (nm) southeast off Cape May, New Jersey
October 7, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-13-11
Adopted: June 14, 2013

Accident Summary

About 0900 on October 7, 2012, the 64-foot-long fishing vessel Viking II sank about 75 nautical miles off Cape May, New Jersey, following several hours of uncontrollable flooding in the engine room. The three crewmembers on board (a captain and his two sons) were rescued unharmed.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of fishing vessel Viking II was uncontrolled flooding of the engine room from an undermined source.