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Safety Recommendation M-90-016
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Synopsis: ABOUT 1530, ON SEPTEMBER 15, 1988, THE 46-FOOT-LONG PASSENGER VESSEL COUGAR BEGAN TO TAKE ON WATER WHILE RETURNING FROM A FISHING TRIP OFF THE OREGON COAST. ABOARD WERE NINE PERSONS CONSISTING OF THE MASTER, THE MATE (WHO ASSISTED THE MASTER AT THE HELM), THE DECKHAND, AND SIX PASSENGERS. AN INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND LAZARETTE REVEALED SUBSTANTIAL FLOODING. THE PASSENGERS AND THE CREW FOUGHT THE RISING WATER WITH BUCKETS AND PUMPS FOR 1.5 HOURS WITHOUT SUCCESS. ABOUT 1615, A DISTRESS MESSAGE WAS REPEATEDLY TRANSMITTED OVER THE VESSEL'S VHF-FM AND CITIZENBAND RADIOS UNTIL THE MASTER ABANDONED THE COUGAR. ABOUT 1650, THE PASSENGERS AND CREW ABANDONED THE VESSEL. THE PASSENGER HAD SUFFICEIENT TIME TO LAUNCH A BUOYANT APPARATUS BEFORE LEAVING THE VESSEL. AT 1700, THE COUGAR SANK QUICKLY BY THE STERN. PIECES OF WRECKAGE THAT BROKE FREE OF THE VESSEL WERE GATHERED BY THE SURVIVORS AND USED TO REMAIN AFLOAT IN THE 55 DEGREES WATER. DURING THE FOLLOWING 18 HOURS, THE MASTER, THE DECKHAND, AND TWO PASSENGERS SUCCUMBED TO HYPOTHERMIA AND DROWNED. AT APPROXIMATELY 1048, ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1988, SEARCH AND RESCUE AIR UNITS OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD LOCATED THE MATE AND FOUR SURVIVING PASSENGERS. ABOUT 1100, THE FIVE SURVIVORS WERE RESCUED AND TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL ASHORE FOR TREATMENT FOR HYPOTHERMIA AND EXPOSURE.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE USCG: REQUIRE THE MASTER & OPERATOR OF INSPECTED & UNINSPECTED PASSENGER VESSELS MAKING AN OCEANS OR COASTWISE VOYAGE TO DEPOSIT AT A SUITABLE LOCATION ASHORE, PRIOR TO DEPARTURE, INFO ABOUT THE DESTINATION OF THE VESSEL, THE INTENDED ROUTE TO & FROM THE DESTINATION, & THE VESSEL'S ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL AT THE NEXT HARBOR OF SAFE REFUGE.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Pacific Ocean, PO, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MM061
Accident Reports:
Sinking of the Passenger vessel Cougar
Report #: MAR-90-02
Accident Date: 9/15/1988
Issue Date: 2/22/1990
Date Closed: 3/12/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/12/1997
Response: THE NEW REQUIREMENTS AT 46 CFR 122.503 & 185.503 REQUIRE THAT A VOYAGE PLAN BE PREPARED WHEN A VESSEL IS ENGAGED IN OCEAN, COASTWISE, & CERTAIN GREAT LAKES VOYAGAES. FURTHER, THIS VOYAGE PLAN IS REQUIRED TO BE PREPARED PRIOR TO GETTING UNDERWAY & CAN BE LEFT ASHORE, OR TRANSMITTED ELECTRONICALLY TO AN OPERATIONS BASE. BECAUSE THESE REGULATIONS SATISFY THE RECOMMENDATION, M-90-16 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "CLOSED-ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 6/26/1996
Response: REQUIRE THE MASTER & OPERATOR OF INSPECTED & UNINSPECTED PASSENGER VESSELS MAKING AN OCEANS OR COASTWISE VOYAGE TO DEPOSIT AT A SUITABLE LOCATION ASHORE, PRIOR TO DEPARTURE, INFO ABOUT THE DESTINATION OF THE VESSEL, THE INTENDED ROUTE TO & FROM THE DESTINATION, & THE VESSEL'S ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL AT THE NEXT HARBOR OF SAFE REFUGE.