The U.S. Coast Guard has released its report of investigation of the October 2012 sinking of the tall ship Bounty, during which one crew member died and another remains missing and is presumed dead, off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
The findings in the report conclude that a combination of faulty management and crew risk assessment procedures contributed to the sinking.
Specifically, choosing to navigate a vessel in insufficient material condition in close proximity to an approaching hurricane with an inexperienced crew was highlighted.
As a result of the investigation, the report recommends that the Coast Guard review the existing policy for attraction vessels, including vessel manning and operating status.
The report also lists such recommendations as that the HMS Bounty Organization establish organizational policy that dictates vessel operational parameters based on weather, sea state or destination, and also establish organizational policy and requirements for hiring of a professional engineer in the event they operate a vessel in the future.
June 13, 2014