Report released following Olympic Peninsula boat collision
A new report from Canadian officials says fog, fatigue and an “unfamiliarity with safety issues” factored into a collision between two fishing boats off the Olympic Peninsula that left a Port Angeles man dead.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its findings last week into the September 2012 crash.
The 40-foot Maverick, from LaPush, and the 90-foot Viking Storm, out of Vancouver, British Columbia, collided in heavy fog 35 miles off the coast.
Three of the four crew members of the Maverick abandoned the sinking vessel and were rescued within five minutes, but a fourth crew member, 33-year-old Kelly Dickerson, was trapped in the Maverick.
The report said the Maverick had been drifting overnight without a crew member on lookout duty. Meanwhile, the exhausted mate of the Viking Storm “had not maintained a proper watch” and “left the wheelhouse unattended just prior to the collision.”