On April 13, 2013, about 1455, the uninspected towing vessel Delta
Captain, towing the deck barge DB 5, experienced uncontrolled flooding in
its engine room and sank 13 nautical miles west of Point Sur, California. The
four crewmembers abandoned the vessel within about 10 minutes after the flooding
began and were later rescued by the United States Coast Guard. No one was
injured in the accident, but the vessel sank in deep water and was not
recovered. Its estimated value was $2.5 million.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause
of the sinking of the towing vessel Delta Captain was uncontrolled
flooding of the steering gear space and engine room from an undetermined source
in the steering gear space.