Dennis Sullivan

Conception Dive Boat Fire

An Analysis of the NTSB’s Preliminary Report on the CONCEPTION Tragedy

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report indicates that at the time of the fire, there were no crew members awake, on watch, or acting as a roaming guard onboard the vessel, as is required for the safety of the passengers.  The preliminary report reveals that the five crewmembers who did not suffer fatal injuries were all asleep in the wheelhouse at the time of the fire.

10 Questions to ask before boarding a commercial boat

Ten questions to ask before boarding a commercial boat for a short cruise or tour

Oftentimes, people attend onboard boats for local harbor tours, dinner cruises, dive tours, whale watching tours and the like. Before you assume that the boat you are attending onboard is safe, review this checklist, and ask questions. A reputable operator will be glad to share this information with you. If something does not appear to be adequate or is out of date, you may want to think twice about attending onboard.

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