Marine Accident Brief

Sinking of Fishing Vessel Allison C

35° 31.78' N, 123° 52.46' W; about 125 miles west-southwest of Point Piedras Blancas, California
September 20, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-14-06
Adopted: April 15, 2014

Accident Summary

On September 20, 2012, about 2030 local time, the 76-foot-long commercial fishing vessel Allison C sank about 125 miles off the coast of California, west-southwest of Point Piedras Blancas, after the vessel's engine room flooded. The three crewmembers and their cat abandoned the Allison C and were rescued without injury. The value of the vessel and its cargo was estimated as $277,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of the Allison C was a loss of hull integrity from a leak in the engine room, which led to uncontrollable flooding.