The National Transportation Safety Board released
following information on its investigation of the June 14,
2003, capsizing of the small passenger vessel "Taki Tooo"
while transiting Tillamook Bar near Garibaldi, Oregon. The
vessel was carrying 19 people when the accident occurred;
there were 11 fatalities.
The Safety Board
's investigation of the Taki Tooo capsizing
is ongoing. The fact-gathering and testing phases have been
completed and a detailed analysis of the events is underway.
The investigating team conducted over 30 interviews and
collected over 200 documents. The materials include
toxicology and medical examiner reports, charts of the area,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers soundings (pre and post
accident), numerous VHF communications recordings, drawings
by witnesses and survivors, a passenger list, and vessel
documentation. Also being utilized in the analysis are
approximately 150 photographs, both digital and film, that
were taken during the on-scene investigation.
NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman-Conners stated that the Board's
analysis will involve a thorough and complete examination of
all aspects of the Taki Tooo accident with the goal of
making recommendations that will prevent similar tragedies
in the future.
"As we approach another Father's Day weekend," said Chairman
Engleman-Conners, "I hope everyone will make safety a