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NTSB finds sinking of Baltimore tug boat result of mate's misjudgment
NTSB finds sinking of Baltimore tug boat result of mate's misjudgment

A mate's misjudgment of a sunken pier off Locust Point resulted in his tug boat getting gashed open, sinking and releasing 2,400 gallons of diesel fuel into harbor waters last year, the National Transportation Safety Board has found. The mate operating the harbor assist tug Kaleen McAllister first knew something was wrong on the evening of May 4, 2013 when he felt "a rumble under the hull" as he pulled away from the boat's berth at Pier 1, he told the NTSB. The sunken pier he'd hit — which collapsed in the late 1990s, leaving its pilings behind — was a "known and charted hazard," but one he mistakenly thought he'd cleared, according to...

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