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Marine Accident Brief: Grounding of Fishing Vessel St. Dominick

Executive Summary

​On March 6, 2017, about 0009, the uninspected commercial fishing vessel St. Dominick grounded in Pumicestone Bay, Alaska. The engine room flooded within 10–20 minutes of the grounding, and the four crewmembers abandoned the vessel a short time later. None of them were injured, and no pollution was reported. The vessel, valued at $1.1 million, was deemed a constructive total loss.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of the St. Dominick was the captain’s failure to monitor the vessel’s track as a result of his fatigue due to an accumulated sleep deficit. Contributing to the accident was the nature of the derby-style fishing that the St. Dominick was engaged in and the captain’s failure to properly set the bridge watch alarm.

Accident Location: Unalaska Island , AK   53° 32.2’ N, 167° 06.0’ W
Accident Date: 3/6/2017
Accident ID: DCA17FM008

Date Adopted: 1/18/2018
NTSB Number: MAB1803
NTIS Number:  

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