NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


June 14, 2003

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a Go Team to investigate the capsizing of a charter fishing vessel in Oregon. The team is expected to depart Reagan National Airport this evening and will arrive in Portland late tonight.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time today, the 32-foot charter passenger vessel Taki Tooo capsized as it sailed out of Tillamook Bay, Oregon. It is reported that 19 persons were aboard the vessel. Local authorities have announced that 9 persons are known to have perished, and 2 are missing.

NTSB Marine Investigator Robert Jones will be the Investigator-in-Charge of the 12-member team. NTSB Member John Goglia, who will serve as principal press spokesman for the team while on scene, and NTSB Vice Chairman Mark Rosenker will accompany the team of investigators. Ted Lopatkiewicz will be the press officer on scene.

This is the second major marine accident launch for the Safety Board in three weeks. On May 25, the Board launched a team to Miami to investigate an explosion aboard the cruise ship Norway.

Contact information for the team in Oregon will be announced when it is established.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.