Accident Report – Lady D Capsize Fatalities and Confirmation Bias

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Aug 302009
 
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Survivors of the Lady D capsize cling to the upturned hull : source USCG

Lady D, a water taxi, capsized in a squall in Baltimore’s Patapsco River North West Harbour on 6 March 2004. Five of the 25 passengers on board died. The US Coast Guard has now released the results of its investigation into the incident.

While the report admits to the complexities of the accident, from human error on the part of the two-man crew, overloading, vessel management, communications, licensing, training and stability, two issue in particular deserve wider attention.

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