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Accident Report Detail

Capsizing and Sinking of Fishing Vessel Hawaii Five-1

Executive Summary

On November 25, 2015, at 1158, the uninspected fishing vessel Hawaii Five-1, en route to Honolulu, Hawaii, from Bayou La Batre, Alabama, capsized and subsequently sank in the Gulf of Mexico just north of the Straits of Yucatan. The two crewmembers, a captain and a deckhand, managed to board a liferaft and were rescued by the Coast Guard later that night. The crew reported minor injuries associated with the accident.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the capsizing and sinking of fishing vessel Hawaii Five-1 was inadequate intact stability due to the owners’ failure to determine and mitigate the impacts that the conversion to longline fisheries services had on the vessel’s overall stability. Contributing to the loss of the vessel was the master’s insufficient understanding of stability principles, as demonstrated by his lack of action to improve the vessel’s stability during adverse sea conditions, and his failure to maintain watertight integrity.

Accident Location:   ,     Gulf of Mexico, 161 miles northeast of Cozumel, Mexico
Accident Date: 11/25/2015
Accident ID: DCA16FM007

Date Adopted: 6/30/2016
NTSB Number: MAB-16-07
NTIS Number:  

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