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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-17-006
Synopsis: 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 sinking and were recovered by US Coast Guard motor lifeboat 47259. However, the captain of the Orin C became unconscious in the water prior to being 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.
Recommendation: TO THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD: Ensure that, at all times, at least one crewmember on board each type of response boat is adequately trained in the types of medical emergencies expected in a marine environment and qualified in the use of all first-aid and/or trauma equipment carried on board.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Marine
Location: Cape Ann, MA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Accident #: DCA16PM008
Accident Reports: Marine Accident Brief: Sinking of Commercial Fishing Vessel Orin C
Report #: MAB-17-05
Accident Date: 12/3/2015
Issue Date: 2/23/2017
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Open - Acceptable Response)

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
Date: 12/27/2017
Response: We note that you are establishing an emergency medical services (EMS) work group to address EMS equipment and training deficiencies associated with the USCG’s search-and-rescue mission capabilities, and that this work group will address these safety recommendations. Pending establishment of the work group, completion of its work, and your revisions based on the needs the work group identifies, Safety Recommendations M-17-6 and -7 are classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: USCG
Date: 8/14/2017
Response: -From Charles W. Ray, Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Commandant for Operations: I concur with this recommendation. The Coast Guard is in the process of establishing an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Work Group to address related EMS equipment and training deficiencies associated with SAR mission capabilities. The Work Group will be comprised of key stakeholders within the Office of Health, Safety and WorkLife (CG-11), Assistant Commandant for Capability (CG-7) and Assistant Commandant for Response Policy (CG-5R). Once the Work Group is established I will direct them to perform a review and identify the types of medical emergencies expected to be encountered and responded to by Coast Guard boat crews. I will keep the Board informed of our progress on this recommendation.

From: NTSB
Date: 2/23/2017
Response: On February 15, 2017, we adopted our report concerning the December 3, 2015, sinking of the fishing vessel Orin C.1 Additional information about this accident and the resulting recommendations may be found in the brief of the investigation, which can be accessed at our website,, under brief number MAB-17/05. As a result of this investigation, we issued two new recommendations to the Coast Guard.