BRIEF: Third day of Bounty hearing is under way
Feb 14, 2013 (The Virginian-Pilot - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The third day of the Coast Guard hearing into the sinking of the 180-foot wooden ship Bounty is under way. Scheduled to testify today are:
Peter Eareckson from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center's Tonnage Division, via telephone.
Joe Jakomovicz, Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine, via telephone.
David Wyman, surveyor for the Bounty.
The purpose of the hearing is to figure out what caused the Bounty to sink and how to prevent a similar event from happening. It will also examine whether there was any misconduct, inattention to duty, negligence or willful violation of the law. Testimony is under oath.
The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the accident.
The Bounty went down Oct. 29 during Hurricane Sandy. One crew member died, and Capt. Robin Walbridge was never found. The Coast Guard rescued 14 people.
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