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Anatomy of a marine disaster

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that a medically unfit pilot, an ineffective master, and poor communications between the two were the cause of an accident in which the Cosco Busan container ship spilled thousands of gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay Nov. 7, 2007 after striking a bridge support tower. Click here to read the press release. A synopsis of the board's report, including the probable cause, conclusions and recommendations, is available here. The board's full report is expected to be available on the Web site in several weeks.