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Man Overboard Inside the pilothouse, the deckhand felt the vessel roll to port. The deckhand opened the port side door of the pilothouse, stepped outside to investigate the stability issue, and fell overboard. Shortly thereafter, the vessel sank in an upright position with approximately 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel in about 30 feet of water. The Response On April 19 around 1:30 a.m., while transiting through the area the crew aboard the UTV Speedway discovered the submerged vessel by its radio antenna. The crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley CommandCentertoreporttheirfndings.TwoCoast Guard response boats and two West Virginia Fire Department vessels responded to the scene to conduct search and rescue operations. Dead or Alive? The deckhand fell overboard without a life preserver. But, fortunately, he swam to the right descending bank and walked to a local gas station to call for help. Emergency vehicles picked him up that morning and then transported him to the hospital for treatment. The hospital staff released the deckhand that day. The vessel's master, however, did not make it out of the pilothousealive.Afredepartmentdiveteam,along with the U.S. Coast Guard, recovered the master's body from the submerged vessel's wheelhouse. Conclusion Marine investigators determined that progressive downfoodingsankthevessel.Othercausalfactors included compromised watertight integrity of the doorsandinsuffcientcrewmemberstoassistinan emergency. Lessons Learned ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ ❯ Both maritime casualties could have been addressed in time to avert tragedy had the masters and crew followed safety protocols. This is why it is important for all mariners to practice vigilance and situational awareness while at sea, because you never know when an emergency will arise. Incident 1 All crew and vessel masters must remain vigilant at all times and must inspect their towing equipment andtowconfguration.See "For more information" bar for further guidelines. Moreover, any unsafe towing evolution should be halted until there is no longer risk. Additionally, in some circumstances it is safer to have two towing vessels involved, one doing the towing and another in the vicinity, in case the evolution fails and emergency assistant is needed. The Coast Guard recommends setting a tow watch and preparing to enable immediate tow line severing, should conditions deteriorate. The UTV Misty Dawn the afternoon of April 18, 2010, shortly after the barge it had been pushing sank. The photo clearly portrays the minimal freeboard of the vessel and the two open doors along the port side of the vessel leading into the main engine and equipment spaces. All factors, combined with lack of watertight integrity, contributed signifcantly to the rapid progressive fooding of the main spaces and the subsequent sinking of the vessel later that night. U.S. Coast Guard photo. 76 Proceedings Fall 2013 www.uscg.mil/proceedings