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Marine Accident Brief: Capsizing and Sinking of Fishing Vessel Lydia & Maya

Executive Summary

​On August 17, 2016, about midnight local time, the fishing vessel Lydia & Maya was returning from fishing grounds in the Gulf of Maine to its home port of Boston, Massachusetts, when the vessel capsized.All four crewmembers abandoned ship into a liferaft and were later recovered by a US Coast Guard helicopter. The vessel, which was partially submerged when abandoned, subsequently sank in 540 feet of water with about 3,500 gallons of fuel on board. There was no report of injuries, but an oil sheen was observed after the accident. The vessel was valued at an estimated $600,000.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel Lydia & Maya was the uncontrolled drop of a suspended load onto the deck resulting in a sudden shift of weight that severely compromised the vessel’s stability. Contributing to the sinking was the combination of the crewmembers’ sleep debt, physical workload, and potential drug use that likely affected their ability to recognize the hazards created by the suspended load on the main boom and the blocked scuppers on the aft deck.

Accident Location: Bar Harbor , ME USA Jordan Basin, Gulf of Maine, 43°35.0’ N, 68°04.7’ W
Accident Date: 8/17/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FM053

Date Adopted: 5/25/2017
NTSB Number: MAB1717
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