Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Report: Rudder fell off doomed trawler

The National Transportation Safety Board has just wrapped up its meeting in Washington, D.C., and adopted findings that the Alaska Ranger flooded and sank after losing a rudder, a rare event.

The board also adopted a slate of recommendations urging Congress to toughen fishing vessel safety inspections, and encouraging the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to remove potential regulatory barriers to replacing old boats.

The NTSB soon is expected to post a probable cause statement, findings and recommendations here.

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