Jim Hall, Chairman
National Transportation Safety Board
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
House of Representatives
Coast Guard Search and Rescue Communications
November 3, 1999
supporting materials for the testimony
Chronology of Events for the Morning Dew Accident
December 27, 1997
1230 MORNING DEW departs Little River, South Carolina.
December 28, 1997
1430 Salvor sees MORNING DEW in Winyah Bay proceeding toward the ocean in the main shipping channel near buoy 26.
December 29, 1997
0215*MORNING DEW strikes north side of north jetty, at Charleston harbor
0217 Operator's younger son sends Mayday, but radio watchstander at Coast Guard Group Charleston does not hear "Mayday" portion of message. MORNING DEW does not respond to Group Charleston's radio call.
0620*Bosun on inbound PEARL ACE hears cries for help near buoy 22.
0628 Coast Guard informed of cries for help.
0648 USCG informed nothing unusual was found by pilot boat.
1115 two teenage victims found in water at entrace to Charleston Harbor.
1145*DNR initiates SAR
1256 USCG helicopter finds third teenage victim.
1630 Off-duty radio watchstander calls ODO and reports receiving earlier radio call.
December 30, 1997
DNR investigator asks USCG for distress call information and advised no distress calls "perceived".
January 23, 1998
Body of operator found on beach of Sullivans Island.
February 4, 1998
DNR completes its accident investigation.
March 17, 1998
USCG Commander plays tape of 0217 Mayday call for family members.
March 18, 1998
DNR investigator learns about 0217 Mayday call from widow/mother.
DNR contacts Coast Guard about the tape of the mayday call and reopens investigation.
NTSB asked to investigate.
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