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UPDATE: USS Guardian Investigation Faults Lack of Leadership and Situational Awareness

“USS Guardian leadership and watch teams failed to adhere to prudent, safe, and sound navigation principles which would have alerted them to approaching dangers with sufficient time to take mitigating action,” wrote Admiral Cecil D. Haney, Commander of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Sailor Dies from Mast Fall After Customs Boards His Boat

Was he fleeing from Customs officers or was it a tragic mistake? Uncertainty surrounds reports of a solo sailor’s death when he fell 40 ft from his mast shortly after his yacht, Windrose, was boarded by Customs officers and he … Continue reading

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Maine Lobsterman, 90, Found Safe After Boat Sinks

A 90-year-old man from Great Island, Maine swam from his sinking lobster boat to asmall island Friday night before being rescued by his son-in-law. Phillip Tuttle was home Monday afternoon recovering from cuts and scrapes suffered in the ordeal, according … Continue reading

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Yacht Collides With Tidal Turbine in Ireland

It’s hard to work out how they could miss it in the middle of the morning, but two Irish sailors and a child were reportedly thrown overboard when their sailing boat crashed into a giant “Sea Gen” tidal turbine in … Continue reading

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Sailor Miraculously Survives After Spending 2 Days Inside Sunken Tug

As reported earlier this week, tragedy struck offshore Escravos, Nigeria on Sunday May, 26, when the anchor handling tug Jacson 4 sank in heavy weather.  Divers recovered 10 bodies from the sunken ship and 1 is still missing. Miraculously however, the … Continue reading

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Sailboat Carrying Ton of Marijuana Runs Aground

During a routine patrol, a Coast Guard crew spotted a sailboat entering Newport Harbor, CA near Balboa Island and decided to board it for an equipment check, authorities said. As Coast Guard officials approached at 1 a.m., the sailboat veered … Continue reading

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Cruise Ship Fire Cuts Bahamas Trip Short

Fire aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship forced it to dock at Freeport, Bahamas, on Monday, with all passengers and crew safe but the rest of the trip canceled, the cruise company reported. Grandeur of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises … Continue reading

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America’s Cup to Remain on Track after Last Week’s Tragic Accident

In light of last Thursday’s events on San Francisco bay, we at BWS would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Andrew “Bart” Simpson. Organizers of the America’s Cup said emphatically that the race … Continue reading

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Container Ships Strikes Tower in Italy, Killing 7

Seven people were killed and two were missing after a container ship crashed into a concrete control tower in the northern Italian port of Genoa, rescuers said on Wednesday. The tower, which was 160 feet high and looked much like … Continue reading

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Siblings Swim for 14 Hours After Boat Sinks in Caribbean

The fishing trip off the rugged north coast of St. Lucia was supposed to last all day, but about four hours into the journey, the boat’s electric system crackled and popped. Dan Suski, a 30-year-old business owner and information technology expert … Continue reading

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Man Lost at Sea Found Alive After 27 Hours

A father of two who fell overboard from a tour boat off the coast of Indonesia has been found alive after floating for 27 hours without a lifejacket. Brett Archibald, from Camps Bay, South Africa, was plucked from the Mentawai … Continue reading

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Boat Carrying 166 Sinks Off Nigeria

At least 45 people died when a wooden boat carrying 166 people from southeastern Nigeria capsized off the coast, a doctor said on Tuesday. The boat left on Friday from the remote town of Oron, in Cross Rivers state, and was heading across … Continue reading

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Sailor Washed Overboard Drowns

He just wasn’t clipped on. It happened in Australia, but it could have been anywhere. The two sailors, sailing from Adelaide to Melbourne, were more than half way through their journey. They called in at the coastal town of Port … Continue reading

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Uncontrollable Urge Update

The California sailing community has once again been thrown into mourning. San Diego’s Craig Williams, 36, died last weekend during the Islands Race. Williams was crew aboard James Gilmore’s San Diego-based Columbia Carbon 32 Uncontrollable Urge for the 130-mile race from Newport … Continue reading

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Barge Strike Causes Massive Fireball

A LPG pipeline in a bayou near New Orleans erupted in a massive fireball Tuesday night after being struck by a tug and barge. The U.S. Coast Guard said that it responded after crews received a report that the 47-foot … Continue reading

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Adventure Cruise Ship Damaged After Hitting Rock

An adventure cruise ship operated by Lindblad Expeditions hit a submerged rock on Monday, causing damage to the vessel. The 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion was departing an anchorage in the Las Perlas Islands, about 70 nautical miles from Panama … Continue reading

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Man Rescued from Sailboat in Ponte Vedra, FL Shares His Story

When Jerry Willis went to sleep Monday night, he prayed for his crew to make it to shore. “I laid down in my bunk and I said, ‘God, help us get out of here alive,’” he said. “Next thing I … Continue reading

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Rec Boat vs. Commercial Vessel

This weekend’s collision between a ferry and a 22-ft powerboat in Raccoon Strait is a grim reminder for all mariners to keep a sharp lookout for commercial traffic. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon when a 21-ft … Continue reading

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US Fish and Wildlife Boat Sinks in Kodiak Harbor

Salvors on Friday attempted to raise a 63-foot U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vessel that sank overnight while docked at a Kodiak harbor. The Arlluk, a federal research vessel that’s used by two Alaska Peninsula wildlife refuges, was found submerged at 3:30 a.m. in … Continue reading

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Sailboat Sinks Near Golden Gate Bridge

Two people were rescued near the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday after a tug or the barge it was hauling out to sea collided with and sank their sailboat, the U.S. Coast Guard said. One of the two rescued in the 3:10 … Continue reading

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