Robert W. Henry is a 1969 graduate from the Coast Guard Academy, and earned two masters’ degrees, one in Ocean Engineering and the other in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. His 22-year Coast Guard career included shipboard tours, marine inspection duties, and technical engineering assignments in commercial vessel safety. He joined the National Transportation Safety Board in 1991 as a marine accident investigator and naval architect. He was promoted to Chief of the Technical Services Division in the Office of Marine Safety in 1993, where he was responsible for managing the agency’s engineering, survival factors and human performance marine accident investigators. In 2005, after a reorganization of the Office of Marine Safety, he assumed the duties of Chief, Marine Investigations, managing one of NTSB’s marine accident Go-Teams.
Liam LaRue is a marine accident investigator for the NTSB; he has been with the Safety board since September 2005. He has taken part in numerous major NTSB investigations including the Ethan Allen in Lake George, NY; the Cosco Busan in San Francisco Bay; and the Alaska Ranger off of Dutch Harbor Alaska.
He is a 2000 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Prior to coming to the Safety Board, he spent two years as a deck watch officer on board Coast Guard cutter Boutwell. He then spent three years in the marine safety field conducting domestic vessel inspections out of Baltimore, MD. He has continued to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve, conducting Port State Control examinations for the past five years.