NTSB releases accident brief on OSV sinking

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a report of its investigation of the sinking of the offshore supply vessel Ricky B in the Gulf of Mexico last year. According to the NTSB marine accident brief, the probable cause of the┬áMay 30, 2013,┬ácasualty was the crew’s failure to adequately assess the severity of the flooding through the starboard shaft seal gland and take prudent action to mitigate the situation.

The 110’x24′, 900-hp Ricky B sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 24 nautical miles south of Marsh Island, La., while being towed. The three crewmembers had abandoned the Ricky B earlier and boarded a good samaritan vessel, from which they were subsequently transferred to a nearby manned oil platform. No one was injured. The Ricky B was later refloated. Its damage was estimated to be $520,000. The steel OSV, built in 1981, is owned by D&B Boat Rentals, New Iberia, La., and operated by J&J Boats.

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