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Marine Accident Brief: Grounding of Commercial Fishing Vessel Savannah Ray

Executive Summary

​About 0048 Alaska Standard Time on February 16, 2015, the commercial fishing vessel Savannah Ray grounded on the lee shore of Long Island, Alaska, while traveling in rough seas from fishing grounds off Ugak Island in the Gulf of Alaska to the vessel's home port at St. Paul Harbor, Kodiak Island, Alaska. The vessel then washed up on the beach about 5 miles from St. Paul Harbor. The four crewmembers were rescued from the vessel by a helicopter from US Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The insured value of the Savannah Ray was $800,000, and the vessel was deemed a constructive total loss as a result of the grounding.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding of the Savannah Ray was the vessel straying off course and entering shallow water because the captain fell asleep while navigating due to fatigue. Contributing to the grounding was the captain’s failure to use all of the vessel’s available alerting and navigation alarms.

Accident Location: Long Island , AK USA 57°45.45' N, 152°15.02' W About 255 nautical miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska
Accident Date: 2/15/2015
Accident ID: DCA15LM013

Date Adopted: 11/5/2015
NTSB Number: MAB1524
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