Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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noticed that the manhole was not properly dogged down and had dogged it down further, which slowed the leak. During the interview, he admit- ted that his search of the scav- enge air receiver had been cur- sory because he hadn't expected to find the second engineer inside. $W D P RQ 2FWREHU Forward end of the scavenge air receiver. 6DIHW\ 2IÀFH +DPSWRQ 5RDGV LVVXHG DQ RUGHU UHTXLU- LQJ WKH YHVVHO WR UHPDLQ PRRUHG LQ 1RUIRON XQWLO safety issues surrounding the suspicious death were UHVROYHG 7KH )%, 1RUIRON )LHOG 2IÀFH ZDV EULHIHG because the second engineer might have died in WUDQVLW EHWZHHQ 6DYDQQDK DQG 1RUIRON &RDVW *XDUG KHDGTXDUWHUV DOVR EULHIHG WKH *HUPDQ &RQVXODWH $W S P WKH 1RUIRON PHGLFDO H[DPLQHU·V RIÀFH removed the second engineer's body from the ves- sel. The following items were found near his body DQG ZHUH WXUQHG RYHU WR WKH 93$3' D EODFN W VKLUW a plastic container, four batteries, foam-style hearing SURWHFWLRQ DQG D PHOWHG ÁDVKOLJKW October 27 $W D P LQYHVWLJDWRUV VWRSSHG LQLWLDO LQWHUYLHZV The vessel was granted captain of the port permission to shift to anchorage for the remainder of the investi- gation. At this point the second engineer's death was still being treated as a possible crime. ,QYHVWLJDWRUV UH FRQYHQHG YLHZHG YDULRXV RIÀFHUV DQG FUHZ XQWLO KRXUV ODWHU DQG LQWHU- WKH QH[W morning, after which they examined the scavenge air receiver to try to piece together how the death might have occurred. October 28 $W D P LQYHVWLJDWRUV UHTXHVWHG D VHFRQG LQWHU- view with the relief second engineer, the last man who had been working with the casualty victim before he went missing. The relief second engineer recalled that he had become aware of the air leak from the forward door on the scavenge air receiver shortly after the ship got underway in Savannah. He investigators agreed there was no probable cause to presume that a crime had been commit- ted, and departed the vessel. 7KH 86&* 0DULQH 6DIHW\ 2IÀFH +DPSWRQ 5RDGV LQYHVWLJDWRU remained behind to determine the cause of the accident. *VHZ[ .\HYK -PUKPUNZ After conducting re-creations of the scene aboard the YHVVHO happened to the unfortunate mariner. Trapped Inside When the second engineer entered the scavenge air receiver alone, he violated written procedures for FRQÀQHG VSDFH HQWU\ $IWHU KH HQWHUHG WKH KLQJHG LQZDUG RSHQLQJ GRRU DFFLGHQWDOO\ FORVHG 5HFRQ- structions demonstrated that the door could be eas- ily moved if bumped. In each test, the upper-left dog engaged when the door was closed. Once this dog engaged, it was not possible to open the door from inside the scavenge air receiver. There were hand and boot prints in the soot on the inside of the receiver, tragic evidence that the second engineer had been alive and conscious at some point while trapped inside. Cause of Death The medical examiner concluded that the second HQJLQHHU GLHG RI K\SHUWKHUPLD 1RW WR EH FRQIXVHG with hypothermia, hyperthermia occurs when a per- son is exposed to excessive heat. According to inves- tigators, the ambient temperature inside the scav- HQJH DLU UHFHLYHU ZDV °) ZKHQ WKH VKLS·V HQJLQH was running. To make matters worse, the space was encased in steel, which grew increasingly hot once WKH YHVVHO JRW XQGHUZD\ %RG\ WHPSHUDWXUHV H[FHHG- LQJ °) DUH XVXDOO\ FDWDVWURSKLF 7KH PHGLFDO H[DPLQHU·V UHSRUW VSHFLÀHG WKH FDXVH of death as accidental. The report noted the second Fall 2011 Proceedings 71 WKH &RDVW *XDUG RXWOLQHG ZKDW PRVW OLNHO\

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