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Marine Accident Brief: Sinking of Fishing Vessel Lady Gertrude

Executive Summary

​On August 15, 2016, about 0150 local time, the 119-gross-ton fishing vessel Lady Gertrude began flooding through its propulsion shaft stern tube while preparing to dredge for scallops. The captain contacted the Coast Guard, the three crewmembers abandoned ship, and they were rescued by a good Samaritan vessel before search-and-rescue assets arrived. The vessel sank at 0453. No one was injured. A light oil sheen was observed. The Lady Gertrude was valued at $400,000.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of the Lady Gertrude was the fracture of the propeller shaft forward of the stern tube stuffing box, resulting in uncontrollable flooding of the vessel’s fish hold and progressive flooding through non-watertight bulkheads of the engine room and lazarette.

Accident Location: Point Pleasant , NJ USA 40°04.17'N, 73°16.77'W
Accident Date: 8/15/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM051

Date Adopted: 11/27/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1739
NTIS Number:  

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