Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council magazine
Incident: In one very complicated and high-profile case, the Tiger Team was called in to assist a state investigator and the Coast Guard investigation team. This incident involved a university sailboat that sank very quickly while participating in a regatta, resulting in one fatality.
Investigation: Core samples of the hull were sent to a lab for analysis, the use and maintenance records of the boat were scrutinized, the design and construction plans of the boat were examined, and witnesses were questioned.
Conclusion: The Tiger Team found a weakened keel-to-hull connection, which led to the catastrophic failure of the keel.
TOP TO BOTTOM: Sailboat after the accident, with keel missing. The sailboat before the accident, with keel in place.
See Part 1 and Part 2 for more information on Tiger Team investigations.
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