Mario Vittone

Mario Vittone has twenty-two years of combined military service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. His writing on maritime safety has appeared in Yachting, On-Scene, and Reader's Digest magazine. He has lectured extensively on topics ranging from leadership to sea survival, immersion hypothermia, and survival at sea. He is a former U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and maritime accident investigator.

Friday, March 1, 2013
HMS Bounty Sinking USCG Photo

Bounty Hearing Day 1: Chief Mate Testifies

Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of Mario Vittone’s 8-part series from the U.S. Coast Guard’s formal hearing into the October 29, 2012 sinking of the tall ship Bounty off the...

March 1, 2013
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Monday, February 25, 2013
Bounty Hearings

The Whole Truth – Bounty Hearings – Day 8

What happened to Bounty on the morning of October 29th, 2012? Finding out what went wrong and why, when things happened or didn’t, and who said what to whom –...

February 25, 2013
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Friday, February 22, 2013

The 17th Passenger – Bounty Hearings – Day 7

At the start of each day of the hearings, Commander Kevin Carroll does the same thing: he reads a statement.  He tells all in attendance, “The purpose of the investigation...

February 22, 2013
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Cost of Waiting – Bounty Hearings – Day 6

Tangled in rigging, he was dragged under the water again.  This time he wasn’t coming up. With no chance to get a breath and struggling to free himself, he started...

February 20, 2013
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sins of Omission – Bounty Hearings – Day 5

Sometimes bad things happen. We do something that we shouldn’t and that leads to tragedy. Do the right thing at the wrong time or the wrong thing anytime and you...

February 19, 2013
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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Daniel Cleveland

The Illusion of Experience – Bounty Hearings – Day 4

Tall ship sailors are so easy to like. When you meet them, within minutes, you know you are meeting someone who is doing exactly what they love. They are not...

February 16, 2013
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Testimony Highlights Complexity in Case – Bounty Hearings – Day 3

When solving a mystery, an investigator looks for evidence. On the third day of testimony at the joint Coast Guard/NTSB hearings in Portsmouth, Virginia, I was reminded just how hard...

February 15, 2013
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rotted Frames on Bounty – Bounty Hearings – Day 2

The witness, Todd Kosakowski, looked at Coast Guard’s evidence # CG-41:  a series of 29 photographs he had taken of Bounty during its most recent yard period. Mr. Kosakowski –...

February 14, 2013
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Survival – No Place for Absolutes

By Mario Vittone As I write this, the Coast Guard is still searching for two sailors missing from the the tall ship Bounty; the ship itself lies on the bottom...

October 29, 2012
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

406 EPIRBS are Digital, Right?

A little, Sort Of. Back on February 1st 2009, though boat owners and ship riders didn’t hear it, there were celebrations all over the rescue world as the COSPAS-SARSAT system...

February 8, 2012
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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Life Ring

Emergencies at Sea – Practicing What Can’t be Practiced

Standing on the bridge wing of a container ship years ago, a captain was telling me all about the Williamson Turn and how effective it was at putting his massive...

December 11, 2011
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Truth About Cold Water Recovery

Sitting in the chief’s office of Coast Guard Station Fairport Harbor in Mentor, Ohio, I’m reading the legal release that I have to sign if I want to be part...

November 10, 2011
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Marine Flares – More Than Meets the Eye

Imagine, if you can, the confluence of events that would have to take place to leave you with marine flares being your primary method of signaling distress.  The number of devices that...

August 10, 2010
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Speaking of Drowning

The reaction to an article posted here on gCaptain and again here on my site has been just this side of overwhelming.  I’d like to thank everyone who reposted –...

July 9, 2010
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