Investigation of the LeConte
Preliminary findings released
May 19, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - After more
than 8 days of intensive investigation, preliminary findings
were released by the USCG Tuesday. The Coast Guard is reviewing
crew and passengers statements, along with other information
collected during the investigation into the grounding of the
LeConte on 10 May 2004. According to the USCG investigation is
proceeding well and cooperation has been good.
After more than 8 days of intensive
investigation, the Coast Guard released the following preliminary
- Master Harvey Williamson and
Chief Mate William Petrich were both on the bridge when the grounding
- The LeConte was on a regular
scheduled trip between Angoon and Sitka. Conditions during the
voyage were good, with clear weather and calm seas.
- Chief Mate William Petrich
was conning the vessel when the decision was made to alter course
for a route inside Otstoia Island. This decision was not pre-planned
for the voyage.
- After allowing a tug and barge
to pass, the Chief Mate turned the ship without first checking
the ship's position to determine the proper course.
- The Master and Chief Mate
did not see a fixed navigation aide marking the proper route
past Cozian Reef. The LeConte passed on the wrong side of the
aide and grounded on the reef at cruising speed. There were no
mechanical problems on the LeConte that contributed to the grounding.
Source of News Release:
United States Coast Guard
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