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Marine Accident Brief: Capsizing and Sinking of Towing Vessel Ricky J Leboeuf

Executive Summary

​About 0752 local time on April 19, 2016, the uninspected towing vessel Ricky J Leboeuf capsized and later sank while attempting to remove a barge from a fleeting area in the San Jacinto River near Channelview, Texas. Four of the five crewmembers survived, but one deckhand died. The vessel sustained an estimated $900,000 in damage, rendering it a constructive total loss. About 10,400 gallons of diesel oil, lubricating oil, and other contaminants were released into the river when the vessel sank.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the capsizing and sinking of the towing vessel Ricky J Leboeuf was the relief captain’s ill-advised decision to perform a downstreaming maneuver in high water conditions without implementing the operating company’s risk mitigation strategies or other safeguards.


Accident Location: Channelview , TX USA San Jacinto River, Kirby Inland Marine fleeting area
Accident Date: 4/19/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM037

Date Adopted: 1/23/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1704
NTIS Number:  

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