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    Speed, Blind Spots Cited as Contributing Factors in Deadly Accident Involving Coast Guard Cutter

    Speed, Blind Spots Cited as Contributing Factors in Deadly Accident Involving Coast Guard Cutter

    The design of the bridge windows on the Coast Guard's fast response cutters and failures by the watch on the cutter Winslow Griesser contributed to the death of a recreational fisherman off Puerto Rico last August, a service investigation has concluded. It also cited the actions of the crew of the 22-foot boat with which the cutter collided.

    Results from a major incident investigation published Friday by the Coast Guard found that the two fishermen aboard a 22-foot center console recreational boat, the Desakatado, failed to yield right of way to the cutter Winslow Griesser, resulting in a collision that killed Puerto Rican resident Carlos Rosario and injured his brother, Samuel Rosario Beltrán.

    But the investigation also found there was “sufficient evidence” that the Winslow Griesser did not maintain a proper lookout or a safe speed that might have made the Aug. 8, 2022, accident preventable.

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    The accident led to the relief of its commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Williamsz, a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy who previously commanded the patrol boat Adak.

    According to the investigation, the 154-foot Winslow Griesser left Juan the morning of Aug. 8 heading west for Punta Cana, while the Desakatado headed north to a fishing buoy near Dorado, Puerto Rico.

    The skies were clear, but the seas were choppy, with 6- to…

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