Marine Accident Brief

Sinking of Fishing Vessel Long Shot

Gulf of Mexico, 150 nautical miles southwest of Panama City, Florida
28°23.0' N, 87°46.0' W

NTSB Number: MAB-14-15
Adopted: July 25, 2014

Accident Summary

On November 15, 2013, as the 72.1-foot-long commercial fishing vessel Long Shot was returning from a 2-week fishing trip, its main propulsion diesel engine and electrical generator engines failed. Without propulsion and steering to control the vessel's heading, boarding seas hit the stern, and an aft compartment flooded. For several hours, the crew tried to save the sinking Long Shot but ultimately needed to be evacuated by the United States Coast Guard. No one was injured, but the vessel, valued at $150,000, was a total loss.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of fishing vessel Long Shot was water contamination of its fuel oil storage tanks, which led to failure of the propulsion and electrical generator engines and flooding of the lazarette compartment in heavy seas. Contributing to the sinking was excessive water leakage at the rudder post packing gland, which led to the initial flooding of the lazarette compartment.