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Marine Accident Brief: Flooding and Sinking of Small Passenger Vessel Maximus

Executive Summary

​On the evening of May 12, 2016, the Maximus, a 42-gross-ton small passenger vessel, began taking on water while under way near Turtle Bay, Mexico. The four crewmembers could not stop the flooding and abandoned ship into a liferaft, from which a good Samaritan vessel rescued them. No injuries or pollution were reported. The Maximus was valued at $575,000.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the flooding and sinking of small passenger vessel Maximus was a hull breach near the waterline from an unknown cause. Contributing to the accident was the ineffectiveness of the installed high-level bilge alarm system to alert the crew to water accumulating in the hull.

Accident Location: Turtle Bay ,   Mexico 27°29.5’N, 114°50.1’W
Accident Date: 5/12/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM039

Date Adopted: 10/3/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1733
NTIS Number:  

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