Coast Guardsman’s death caused by safety violations


The Coast Guard this week posted its “final action” on the administrative investigation into the Oct. 13, 2010, death of a Coast Guard member during a training exercise on Virginia’s James River.

The Coast Guardsman died after falling into the river while climbing aboard a cutter from a small boat while under way.

According to the report: “This mishap was preventable. It resulted from the cumulative effects of a series of failures t? consistently follow safety procedures and exercise sound judgment [and] … failing t? follow or enforce established safety procedures and accurately assess foreseeable risks.”

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