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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation M-96-016
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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: REVISE USCG REGULATIONS TO REQUIRE MANDATORY POSTACCIDENT TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING OF USCG AUXILIARY PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN MARINE ACCIDENTS WHILE OPERATING UNDER USCG ORDERS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate 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: 7/25/2001
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: USCG (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 7/25/2001
Response: The Safety Board understands that change 2 to the Auxiliary Operations Policy Manual now requires that auxiliarists be subject to post accident toxicological testing when under orders and involved in an accident that entails a loss of life. Although the Safety Board intended that toxicological testing be required after any serious accident, the new requirement is in line with the requirements of the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Order (DOT 3910.1C) and therefore does satisfy the intent of this recommendation. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation M-96-16 is classified "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 7/31/2000
Response: Change 2 to the Auxiliary Operations Policy Manual requires the recommended testing when an Auxiliarist is under orders and involved in an accident with loss of life.

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

From: NTSB
To: USCG
Date: 9/11/1997
Response: THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT CHANGE 2 TO THE AUXILIARY OPERATIONS POLICY MANUAL WILL REQUIRE THAT AUXILIARISTS BE SUBJECT TO POST ACCIDENT TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING WHEN ORDERS & INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT THAT ENTAILS A LOSS OF LIFE. ALTHOUGH THE BOARD INTENDED THAT TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING BE REQUIRED AFTER ANY SERIOUS ACCIDENT, THE PROPOSED REQUIREMENT IS IN LINE WITH REQUIREMENTS OF THE DOT'S DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE WORKPLACE ORDER (DOT 3910.1C) &, THEREFORE, DOES SATISFY THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. THE BOARD WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING A COPY OF THE REVISED MANUAL AS SOON AS IT IS PUBLISHED. ACCORDINGLY, PENDING FURTHER REPLY, M-96-16 HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATE RESPONSE."

From: USCG
To: NTSB
Date: 5/9/1997
Response: WE PARTIALLY CONCUR WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. IN CHANGE TWO TO THE AUXILIARY OPERATIONS POLCIY MANUAL, AUXILIARISTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO POST ACCIDENT TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING WHEN UNDER ORDERS & INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT WHERE THERE IS A LOSS OF LIFE. CHANGE TWO TO THE AUXILIARY OPERATIONS POLICY MANUAL IS BEING DRAFTED AT THIS TIME.