USCG Releases Report on Fatal Rescue Mission

MarineLink.com
Thursday, April 03, 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard has released today the Major Incident Investigation (MII) Report into the incident aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, which resulted in the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf.

Obendorf was a crewmember aboard the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Waesche. He died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 18, 2013, as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, 2013.

The report identifies causal and contributing factors, including equipment failure, placement of small boat personnel and prevailing weather conditions.

The investigation found that a capture system designed to automatically secure the small boat into the stern during recovery operations did not function as designed most of the time. To overcome this deficiency, a crew member, Petty Officer Obendorf in this case, was posted in front of the small boat center console to manually assist the mechanism during recovery operations. During this evolution, a wave struck the stern of the small boat as it was recovering, pinning Petty Officer Obendorf between the capture mechanism and the small boat console.

"Petty Officer Obendorf and his family are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers,” said Vice Adm. Paul K. Zukunft, Pacific Area Commander. “From this tragedy, we are reminded of the harsh operating environment in which the Coast Guard serves our nation and mariners in distress, and we have re-doubled our efforts in remaining eternally vigilant."

The MII Report is publically available online in the Coast Guard’s FOIA reading room. http://www.uscg.mil/foia/FOIA_Library.asp.

uscgnews.com
 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Cargotec Solely owns China Crane

Cargotec and CAG Marine Holding Limited, which is in turn wholly owned by Carlyle Asia Growth Partners IV, L.P. and CAGP IV Coinvestment, L.P. (jointly referred

Hamburg Süd Completes CCNI Takeover

Effective 27 March 2015, Hamburg Süd has taken over the container liner activities of Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) including the

MacGregor Appoints Høyesen as VP

MacGregor reorganised into seven operative divisions in the beginning of 2015 to improve customer focus. Offshore Mooring and Loading Division drives the development

Marine Equipment

MSC Acquires Second Boxship

MSC Oliver was inaugurated at the DSME shipyard in Busan, South Korea, just two months after the delivery of MSC OSCAR Today it was the turn of Oscar’s cousin,

SCI takes Delivery of VLCC "Desh Vibhor"

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepted delivery of a Very Large Crude Oil Carrier (VLCC) on 28th March, 2015. The vessel has been named as m.t.

Heerema Signs LOI with Jurong Shipyard for Giant Crane Vessel

Dutch offshore contractor Heerema Offshore Services has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong Shipyard in Singapore for the construction

Coast Guard

India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships,

Malaysia Detains Nigerian Bandit Vessel

The Nigerian flagged fishing vessel, Viking, has been detained in Malaysia for violations of Malaysian maritime law.   Malaysian authorities have indicated that

USNS Spearhead Delivers Materials to Ghana Charities

The U.S. Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) delivered wheelchairs and medical supplies to Ghanaian non-governmental organizations March 26, 2015.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1679 sec (6 req/sec)