Coast Guard cites human error in 6 regatta deaths

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 16, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Coast Guard says human error was a factor in a sailboat race in which six people died in Mobile Bay in 2015.

An investigative report released recently and posted online by WKRG-TV says a line of strong storms sunk eight boats during the 2015 Dauphin Island Regatta. The storm brought winds in excess of 73 mph and swells of as much as 10 feet high.

Investigators said a failure to keep up with the weather, communication breakdowns and other factors caused a chain of events that led to the marine casualty.

The report says race participants failed to use all available means to monitor the weather, were unable to access life jackets and the race committee didn't immediately notify participants or cancel the race as the storm approached.


Information from: WKRG-TV


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