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    Fatal interaction betweeu yacht and ferry.
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2007 May 6, 18:10 +0100

    Fatal interaction between yacht and ferry.
    
    There's quite a lot to ponder, in the highly workmanlike report of the UK's
    Marine Accident Investigation Branch, into the sinking last Summer of the
    yacht "Ouzo", off the Isle of Wight, resulting in the death of all three
    aboard her.
    
    Go to-
    
    http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/2007/ouzo.cfm
    
    and from that download the fifty-odd page report Ouzo_.pdf at about 1.4 MB.
    Other options are a short synopsis, and a bulky technical appendix, mainly
    about photochromic spectacles and radar detection of small craft.
    
     The MAIB brief is to find out what happened, and it seems to me they have
    bent over backward to avoid apportioning blame.
    
    The second officer of the P & O ferry, "Pride of Bilbao", is due to stand
    trial for manslaughter, later this year, as a result.
    
    My reaction, and I suspect that of many other sailors, is to think "There,
    but for the grace of God, go I". And no doubt many ship's officers will,
    from another viewpoint, think exactly the same, .
    
    It surprises me that the master, though he was below at the time, appears
    not to be bearing any of the responsibilty.
    
    I won't comment further, to avoid prejudicing those that prefer to make up
    their own minds. Read it yourself.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
    
    
    contact George Huxtable at george---.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
    
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