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​Marine Accident Brief: Flooding and Sinking of Fishing Vessel Capt. David

Executive Summary

​On February 15, 2016, about 1440, the uninspected fishing vessel Capt. David became disabled and began flooding about 40 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, while attempting to assist another disabled fishing vessel in developing gale conditions. The US Coast Guard responded by dispatching a shore-based motor lifeboat to assist both fishing vessels. The US Navy dock landing ship USS Carter Hall was operating nearby the stricken vessels and launched its small boat to provide assistance as well. Upon the arrival of the Navy boat at the Capt. David’s location, there was physical contact between the vessels and flooding increased on the Capt. David. At the urging of the Navy crew, the fishing vessel’s crew abandoned their vessel into the Navy boat about 1615. The fishing vessel later sank, likely the next morning. The crew of the other disabled fishing vessel declined rescue by the Navy boat and the vessel was towed back to Oregon Inlet by the Coast Guard motor lifeboat several hours later. There were no injuries and no pollution was reported.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the flooding and sinking of fishing vessel Capt. David was an engine cooling water leak that disabled the vessel during a forecasted Small Craft Advisory and developing gale conditions.

Accident Location: Oregon Inlet , NC USA Atlantic Ocean, about 40 miles* east of Oregon Inlet, 35°44.2’ N, 74°42.5’ W
Accident Date: 2/15/2016
Accident ID: DCA16PM026

Date Adopted: 4/25/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1712
NTIS Number:  

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