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Marine Accident Brief: Sinking of Commercial Fishing Vessel Orin C

Executive Summary

​On December 3, 2015, at 2018 local time, the commercial fishing vessel Orin C sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 13 miles east of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. All three crewmembers abandoned the vessel just prior to the sinking and were recovered by US Coast Guard motor lifeboat 47259. However, the captain of the Orin C became unconscious in the water beforebeing pulled to the motor lifeboat by a Coast Guard crewman. When examined aboard the motor lifeboat, the captain had no pulse. In response, Coast Guard crewmembers performed CPR, but he could not be revived. There were no other injuries and no reports of pollution. The Orin C sank in about 300 feet of water and was not salvaged.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of the Orin C was the structural failure of the disabled vessel’s wooden hull and subsequent flooding of the vessel while being towed in adverse conditions.

Accident Location: Cape Ann , MA USA 42°34.39’ N, 70°21.91’ W
Accident Date: 12/3/2015
Accident ID: DCA16PM008

Date Adopted: 2/15/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1705
NTIS Number:  

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