WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — The US Coast Guard has released its report on the October 2012 sinking of the tall ship HMS Bounty. A crewmember died and another is still missing and is presumed dead after the ship went down off Cape Hatteras during Hurricane Sandy.
The Coast Guard says its findings conclude that a combination of faulty management and crew risk assessment procedures contributed to the sinking. Investigators specifically highlighted the decision to navigate in bad conditions with an inexperienced crew as the storm approached.
The report recommends that the Coast Guard review the existing policy for attraction vessels, including vessel manning and operating status.
The report also lists such recommendations as that the HMS Bounty Organization establish organizational policy that dictates vessel operational parameters based on weather, sea state or destination, and also establish organizational policy and requirements for hiring of a professional engineer in the event they operate a vessel in the future.