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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-96-012
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Synopsis: ON 8/21/94, A DISABLED 18-FOOT QUESTAR MOTOR BOAT WITH THE VESSEL'S OWNER & ONE PASSENGER ABOARD CAPSIZED WHILE BEING TOWED BY THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY VESSEL PUPPET IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF SHELTER ISLAND, LYNN CANAL, NEAR JUNEAU, ALASKA. THE QUESTAR'S OWNER, WHO WAS MILDLY DISABLED, WAS TRAPPED INSIDE THE VESSEL'S CABIN & WAS DROWNED. THE PASSENGER WAS NOT INJURED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE USCG: DEVELOP WRITTEN POLICIES THAT SET LIMITS, BASED ON CLEARLY DEFINED WEATHER & SEA CONDITIONS, ON THE USE OF COAST GUARD AUXILIARY RESOURCES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action
Mode: Marine
Location: Bays and Sounds, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA95MM032
Accident Reports:
Capsizing of Questar Motorboat and Drowning of Operator South of Shelter Island
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Report #: MAR-96-01-SUM
Accident Date: 8/21/1994
Issue Date: 12/6/1996
Date Closed: 2/4/2002
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Unacceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 2/4/2002
Response: In its April 3, 2001, letter, the Coast Guard asked that this recommendation be closed, referencing its May 1997 correspondence requesting such action by the Board. Accordingly, because the Coast Guard has provided no further explanation of the criteria used to establish the operational limits or amended the manual to include these criteria, Safety Recommendation M-96-12 is classified "Closed--Unacceptable Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 4/3/2001
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 04/12/2001 5:14:03 PM MC# 2010311 The Coast Guard has previously requested that the safety recommendation be closed. We request that the Board refer to our previous correspondence on the recommendation and close it accordingly.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 3/6/2001
Response: The Safety Board is continuing to review its safety recommendation files to identify recommendations for which there has been no correspondence for an extended period of time. Our review indicates that currently, 79 safety recommendations that have been issued to the Coast Guard are being held in an "Open" status; no information was provided in the Coast Guard’s July 31, 2000, letter regarding these recommendations. In some cases, action on these 78 recommendations has not been reported for some time; for recommendations issued in 2000, there has been no response at all to the original recommendation letter. Enclosed is a list of these safety recommendations.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 7/14/1998
Response: NTSB REQUESTED A FOLLOWUP.

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 9/11/1997
Response: THE BOARD HAS REVIEWED THE AMENDMENTS TO THE AUXILIARY OPERATIONS POLICY MANUAL (COMDTINST M16798.3D, CHANGE 1), & IS PLEASED THAT THE MANUAL NOW INCLUDES REQUIREMENTS TO ESTABLISH & ADHERE TO UNIT OPERATIONAL STANDARDS, CHANGE 1 TO CHAPTER 1, PARAGRPAH J.5. HOWEVER, THE AMENDMENTS TO THE MANUAL DO NOT EXPLAN THE CRITERIA USED TO ESTABLISH THE OPERATIONAL LIMITS. THE BOARD HAD REQUESTED THAT THE LIMITS BE BASED ON CLEARLY DEFINED ENVIRONMENTAL, OR "WEATHER & SEA," CONDITIONS. THEREFORE, WE WOULD APPRECIATE AN EXPLANATION OF THE CRITERIA USED TO ESTABLISH THE OPERATIONAL LIMITS & URGE AMENDMENT OF THE MANUAL TO INCLUDE THE CLEARLY DEFINED ENVIRONMENTAL WEATHER & SEA CONDITIONS USED AS THE CRTERIA. PENDING A FURTHER RESPONSE FROM THE USCG, M-96-12 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 5/9/1997
Response: WE CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. CHANGE ONE TO THE AUXILIARY OPERATIONS POLICY MANUAL, COMDTINST M 16798.3D WAS PUBLISHED ON MAY 1996. IT MODIFIED ACTIVE DUTY UNIT COMMANDER RESPONSIBILITIES, SPECIFICALLY AS BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR ESTABLISHING FACILITY OPERATIONAL LIMITATION STANDARDS, WHICH MUST BE CARRIED OUT IN COORDINATION WITH THE APPROPRIATE DIRECTOR & AUXILIARY OFFICERS. CHANAGE ONE ALSO REQUIRES FACILITY OPERATORS TO COMPLY WITH THE PUBLISHED FACILITY OPERATIONAL LIMITATION STANDARDS. WE REQUEST THAT THE STATUS OF THIS RECOMMENDATION CHANGED TO "CLOSED ACCEPTABLE ACTION."