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Marine Accident Brief: Collision and Sinking of Towing Vessel Miss Natalie

Executive Summary

​About 0755 local time on May 30, 2015, the uninspected towing vessel Miss Natalie collided with the tow of the uninspected towing vessel George W Banta while the Miss Natalie was attempting to remove one of the tow’s barges. Shortly afterward, it capsized and sank on the Lower Mississippi River in Romeville, Louisiana. Four of the five crewmembers escaped, but one deckhand died. The vessel sustained an estimated $1.8 million in damages rendering it a constructive total loss. No pollution was reported.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of the towing vessel Miss Natalie was its captain’s decision to downstream on a line-haul tow given the prevailing conditions. Contributing to the sinking was the George W Banta tow moving ahead as the Miss Natalie approached rather than holding its position in the river.

Accident Location: Romeville , LA USA Lower Mississippi River, mile marker 162
Accident Date: 5/30/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM023

Date Adopted: 9/20/2016
NTSB Number: MAB1617
NTIS Number:  

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