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A series of formal investigations have been launched into the collision involving a 110-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a small fishing vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Three separate investigations have been initiated and will review different aspects of the collision between the Coast Guard cutter Key Largo and a U.S. Virgin Island fishing vessel named Sea Shepherd. The incident occurred at 6:38 a.m on September 23, just east of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. No one was injured, but the Sea Shepherd sank after the collision. Two people onboard the Sea Shepherd were subsequently picked up by the USCGC Key Largo.
The three ongoing investigations reviewing the incident are briefly described as:
“Though they’ll be looking into the same incident, the three investigations have different purposes and are clear and distinct from each other” said Captain Mike Zamperini, deputy commander, Coast Guard Sector San Juan. “Public service requires transparency and, if warranted, accountability, which we will ensure through these investigations.”
The administrative investigation should be the first completed, the Coast Guard said. The results are expected by late November.
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