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Coast Guard Said NH Tug Sinking Last Fall Was Human Error
02/28/2013 12:00 PM ET  

The owner of an Eliot, Maine, tugboat that sank last fall didn't return calls seeking comment on a U.S. Coast Guard report that determined the sinking was due to human error.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) _ The Coast Guard is considering an enforcement action against the operator of the tugboat Benjamin Bailey. It sank in October while moored to a barge at the construction site of the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.

The tug was owned by Riverside and Pickering Marine Construction.

No one was injured, but the tug spilled about 225 gallons of diesel fuel.

Foster's Daily Democrat obtained the Coast Guard's report on the sinking. The report said a lack of attention to the mooring position of the boat was a primary factor in the sinking.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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