He should tell the Judge how much he makes as a skipper for All the hrs he puts in, Maybe the Judge will feel sorry for him and give him probation, 67 Years old and they want to throw the book at him, If he has a clean track record and no other C.G violations on his record, They should take that into account.30 counts of manslaughter is a serious crime. He faces life in prison at his age.
All of those factors are taken into account during sentencing. They are not a defense to the charges themselves.He should tell the Judge how much he makes as a skipper for All the hrs he puts in, Maybe the Judge will feel sorry for him and give him probation, 67 Years old and they want to throw the book at him, If he has a clean track record and no other C.G violations on his record, They should take that into account.
Anyone who does a night watch on anchor that doesn’t include walking in and out of the galley, where you would observe fire, walking the deck, where you would smell smoke, opening the hatch to inspect the bilges, and looking Into the engine room to inspect the genie, among other things, isn’t doing a proper watch.If the fire blocked the only entrance and exit how could anyone have prevented this? Ever do a night watch on a vessel? Anyone would be looking for lights that might be boats or floatsom not a fire.
Have you seen a boat go up? Lithium batteries? Watch can’t be every where. Never really see them in the bunks. The idea of a dedicated watch is nice but they’re usually multitasking.They were at anchor. I would think a watchman would notice a fire before it fully engulfed the galley and blocked the exits. It was not an explosion. I have read most of the NTSB reports. It sure sounds like negligence to me. Of course there was no malicious intent, but the fact remains that these people put their lives in the captain’s hands and the captain failed them.
i assumed all sport boats would have a crew member on watch at all times. anchors can drag and they were close to an islandI agree. But It is stated that he was responsible to maintain a person awake while on anchor or underway, In which he required his crew neither of the two. If he did and the employee happened to fall asleep, He probably wouldn't of been charged the way he was. I hope this will make a statement for other Captains that elect not to have a person on watch. Call them roverman or what ever there called? In my book it's a deck watch. If they would of had a deck watch, This would of never happened, Unless He/She fell asleep.
All Captains are responsible for crew and passengers alike , thats the law , its not one I would always on but it is , what about coast guard inspections ? They only seem to get involed when theres a Tragedy at sea , it`ll be interesting to see the out come I too belive the owners should be held accountable as well
Usually the deck watch person is sitting in the galley, Bull shiting with customers or watching T.V.I personally disagree that a night watchman would have prevented this, although my understanding is they didn’t have one and will likely pay for it with jail time and heavy payouts. A night watchman has a very specific list of things to do, and it includes all of the things Larmo mentioned. It’s very possible he could have made his round through the galley and after his pass a lithium battery exploded. With multiple batteries plugged into each outlet, as was surmised, and depending on location in regards to the stairway, a devastating fire could have happened too fast to save those downstairs.
I do know that all of the rest of the boats on the coast are very aware of what happened and are taking it serious. The Mission Belle skipper was saying how wooden hulls have had their insurance significantly increased. The long range boats have definitely made known the escape hatches from below, and left them accessible. They also strongly request you don’t leave your devices plugged in where they’re not under direct observation. Tough and sorry lesson for everyone.
They suspect that the fire started due to battery charging. The USCG came out with a bulletin warning to watch battery charging and use of extension cords among other things shortly after it happened. Unlikely they will ever prove battery charging was the cause with 100% certainty.My recollection is that the fire started from a bunch of lithium batteries all plugged into the same outlets, dive lights and camera batteries. Etc...
Maybe I'm wrong here, but I would have a hard time making a judgement if that is true. If it was a galley fire that would be clearly different.
Prayers for the victims and their families.
Agree with you.They suspect that the fire started due to battery charging. The USCG came out with a bulletin warning to watch battery charging and use of extension cords among other things shortly after it happened. Unlikely they will ever prove battery charging was the cause with 100% certainty.
The liability is not with the cause of the fire but the Captain's failure to post a watch and adequately train the crew to deal with emergency situations.