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NTSB cites speed in fatal Coast Guard crash

A patrol boat similar to this one was invloved in the San Diego Bay accident that killed an 8-year-old boy.A National Transportation Safety Board accident report that was to be released in late July blames the Coast Guard for the San Diego Bay boating accident that killed an 8-year-old boy in 2009.

The probable cause of the Dec. 20 nighttime collision between a 33-foot Coast Guard patrol boat and a 26-foot bowrider was the excessive speed of the patrol boat on a crowded bay at night, according to the NTSB, which issued a synopsis of the report in mid-July.

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The findings

Six NTSB investigators spent 19 months on the probe, interviewing 60 people, says public affairs officer Peter C. Knudson. Findings in the synopsis include:

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TAKING FLIGHT

Images

The 289-foot Maltese Falcon sets off from Newport, R.I., to sail nearly 3,000 miles to England in this summer’s Transatlantic Race. The luxury yacht finished second in its class with a time of 13 days, 6 hours, 40 minutes and 52 seconds.

This image originally appeared in the September 2011 issue.

   

Lobster hunters

Images

George Sass

Camera: Nikon D70

Lens: Nikkor 24-120mm

Aperture: f/5.6 at 1/160 second

ISO: 200

This photo image originally appeared in the September 2011 issue.

   

Talkin’ boats with Robert Kaidy

Co-Founder, Ocean5 Naval Architects

Naval architects Robert Kaidy and John Canada founded Ocean5 Naval Architects in 2007 and have designed and engineered everything from pod-powered fishing boats to helicopter decks for 600-foot ships to 60-knot ballistic-protected patrol boats.

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