Formal hearing to be held for Tall Ship Bounty sinking
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard will convene a formal
hearing, Feb. 12 to Feb. 21, at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront
Conference Center here to investigate the sinking, with multiple loss of life,
of the Tall Ship Bounty, which occurred Oct. 29.
The Tall Ship Bounty sank approximately 90 miles southeast
of Hatteras, N.C., during what’s become known as Superstorm Sandy. The Coast
Guard searched for 90 hours, covering 12,000 overlapping square nautical miles
after receiving a distress call.
The investigation will examine the facts and circumstances
relating to the sinking of the vessel and will develop conclusions and
recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels. The
National Transportation Safety Board is also participating in the
investigation, and they can make recommendations on issues to consider,
identify and examine witnesses and submit or request additional evidence in the
course of the investigation.