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U.S. panel, Coast Guard still split on water taxi tragedy's lessons
U.S. panel, Coast Guard still split on water taxi tragedy's lessons

Five years after the water taxi Lady D flipped over in Baltimore Harbor, killing five passengers, two federal agencies remain divided over the cause of the tragedy and the lessons to be learned from it. The National Transportation Safety Board, after its investigation, made recommendations to the Coast Guard on steps to be taken to prevent future small-craft accidents. But the Coast Guard has staked out a contrary position on several points as it struggles to rewrite its safety rules in the aftermath of a calamity that shook the maritime agency to its core. Among the issues in dispute: Under what weather conditions should the Coast Guard tell such craft to stay off the water? How should...

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