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Marine Accident Brief: Flooding and Sinking of Fishing Vessel Ben & Casey

Executive Summary

​About 2215 on October 30, 2017, the shrimp trawler Ben & Casey sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 6 miles off South Padre Island, Texas. The vessel was outbound to fishing grounds when it lost propulsion and seawater flooded into its freezer hold. The crew broadcast a distress call, and responding Coast Guard personnel assisted the crew in dewatering the vessel. They were unable to control the flooding, so the crew boarded a Coast Guard vessel. A Good Samaritan vessel then attempted to tow the Ben & Casey, but water ingress increased. The towline was cut, and the trawler sank soon after. No one was injured during the accident; no pollution was reported. The Ben & Casey, valued at $191,000, was lost.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the flooding and sinking of the fishing vessel Ben & Casey was a sheared propeller shaft that allowed water ingress into the hull through the shaft seal.

Accident Location: South Padre Island , TX USA Gulf of Mexico, 26°6.79’ N, 97°3.45’ W
Accident Date: 10/30/2017
Accident ID: DCA18FM004

Date Adopted: 11/1/2018
NTSB Number: MAB1824
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