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NOAA Small Boat Accident Reporting

2017
Nov 07
NATIONAL OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
SMALL BOAT INCIDENTS
updated 7-November-2017
Incident Date Type Activity Cause (No injuries) Nature of Injury DESCRIPTION
9/26/17 Field Research N/A Dislocation While handling the ROV umbilical, scientist had right index finger get stuck to own palm of hand while wearing gloves. The rubber palm of the glove had become adhesive due to the marine grease on the ROV umbilical and winch cable. Scientists attempted to move index finger from palm quickly, causing the index finger to pop out of the joint.
9/15/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Improper gear used N/A Near Miss - water accumulating in the cabin bilge, entering through a through-hull fitting associated with a recently removed side scan sonar. Boat returned to the ship and lifted from the water in 12 min. 6 gallons of sea water were pumped from the bilge. 
9/11/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Boat Handling N/A Upper end of the polypro dive down line was sucked into the jet.
8/14/2017 Field Research N/A Contusion, Bruise, Abrasion severe roll caused by a large wake produced from recent barge or ship traffic in Houston Ship Channel. Employees chair flipped backwards and  hit back of head on cabin wall.
8/8/17 Ship Crew Duties Fire Contusion, Bruise, Abrasion Inverter shorted due to water ingress and began burning. Due to the grounding cable not being connected the inverter started burning. The fire was attacked from the hatch above the space with dry chemical and extinguished. While trying to extinguish the fire, employee injured toes  after a hatch closed on his foot.
7/23/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Boat Handling N/A During personnel transfer, a pleasure boater sped by unexpectedly at a high rate and threw a huge wake. Boat was unable to pull away from the ship or adjust anything, as it was already tied up. Crewmember on the bow quickly moved away from the inboard side of the boat and held on while the boat rocked violently against the side of the ship. The boat sustained damage to the side bumper and upper lining above overhead handrail on its port side. This happened about 20 seconds before personnel would have transferred from the boat to the ship. No personnel were injured.
7/14/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Boat Handling Dislocation lost grip of the tiller and fell off the boat. Dislocated finger when I lost grip on the tiller. PFD inflated and I tread water at the surface. The boat continued at idle speed in a course of slow circles. I swam to the boat and attempted to grab a hand rail line, but instead caught the bowline and let go. The boat continued in slow circles, the bow pitched higher after each successive wave, and the boat rolled backwards over the engine and flipped upside down.  I swam to the overturned boat and shortly afterwards flagged down a vessel entering the harbor.  We managed to right the boat and it was towed into the harbor. 
6/15/17 Field Research N/A Laceration; Cut Affiliate poked finger with tip of autopsy blade during a necropsy of a dolphin on the beach. Victim stated she was rushed by boat operator to hurry up and collect samples which made her careless with the blade.
6/8/17 Hydrographic Survey Grounding N/A While conducting sonar survey Launch struck a submerged rock. Minor damage was sustained to the launch hull. The sonar system sustained significant damage to the mounting bracket. Safety stand down held. 
5/31/17 Mission Training N/A Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
As part of 3-day rescue boat refresher training, Pt helped lift a mariner from the water back into the boat. Pt did not notice immediate problem with back that day but pain and motion got progressively worse over 2 days.
5/1/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Ran out of fuel N/A Near Miss - While testing the Fast Rescue Boat, the boat ran out of fuel and went adrift near the Yaquina Bridge.
4/26/17 Mission Training N/A Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
Conducting docking practice during an MOCC class. The line slipped off the cleat and the person fell backward onto the boat.
4/16/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Equipment Failure N/A The bow mooring broke near the anchor. The stern and hip lines pulled her into the platform attached to shore
3/30/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Equipment Failure N/A AGM battery burst and melted down while the vessel was underway for sea trialing
3/21/17 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Boat Handling N/A While maneuvering into berth, the boat's outrigger stay wire became entangled on a dock-mounted light pole causing the pole to break in half
3/15/17 Ship Crew Duties N/A General Symptoms Small boat transfer in fast rescue boat caused jarring and unpredictable boat motion immediately after which pain and numbness appeared.
3/14/17 Handling Material / Passengers N/A Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
Sustained injury to lower back while assisting a fellow staff member
to lift a 15' inflatable boat
2/7/17 Maintenance / Repair / Servicing N/A Laceration; Cut In cutting zip ties off of cables in vessel well for cleaning/maintenance, operator was careless with a box cutter used in
a small space and sliced the skin between the thumb and index finger.
10/17/16 Field Research Grounding Sprain/Strain Of Ligament, Muscle,
Tendon, Not Back
SB in transit at cruise speed (17kts) altered course to avoid trap nets and grounded on a sandy shoal area. Student Intern, was thrown to the floor.
10/13/16 Field Research N/A Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion Stepped into the open hatch
8/25/16 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Boat Handling N/A Cracked port window during boom operations / egress of the boat basin located at the Sand Point campus, Seattle
8/1/16 Field Research N/A Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
While launching a small boat, fell off the boat while still holding onto the dock
7/29/16 Field Research N/A Dislocation Dislocated knee while docking small boat
7/28/16 Engineering or Construction   Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion fell through open deck hatch
7/18/16 Maintenance / Repair / Servicing Boat Handling N/A Contractor lost winch cable while retrieving buoy
6/21/16 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel N/A Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion Small waves in surf zone contributed to kayak flipping in waist high water and volunteer scraped finger on rock/coral.
6/6/16 Field Research N/A Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion smashed the index finger on left hand
5/23/16 Maintenance / Repair / Servicing Fire N/A Installing an alternator, cabin battery was not disconnected, caused electrical arcing. Fire was extinguished using portable fire extinguisher. Damage to the wiring and power system of the boat.
5/12/16 Security / Law Enforcement Grounding N/A port engine and part of the skeg on the starboard had been lost in the grounding.
4/18/16 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Boat Handling N/A During loading the coxswain inadvertently hit the throttle and caused the boat to lurch forward and strain against the stern line. The line never came off the cleat but his hand could have been easily pulled into the cleat as well as getting a rope burn from not wearing gloves.
12/13/15 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel Grounding N/A A side scan sonar was lost, and the propeller was damaged in the grounding.
11/2/15 Field Research N/A Contusion, crush, bruise WHILE REMOVING SKIMMER TRAWL NET INDIVIDUAL SLIPPED ON WEBBING, FELL FORWARD AND ATTEMPTED TO BREAK FALL WITH LEFT ARM WHICH OVER EXTENDED THEIR LEFT SHOULDER
10/27/15 Test / Study / Experiment N/A Sprain/Strain Of Ligament, Muscle,
Tendon, Not Back
vessel got caught in the trough of a ship's wake. The boat rolled, jerking employee and knocking her into equipment
10/14/15 Test / Study / Experiment N/A Electric shock WHILE INSPECTING HULL OF R/V GLORIA MICHELLE IN SHIPYARD, MARINE INSPECTOR WAS STRUCK WITH ELECTRICITY ON MIDDLE FINGER OF RIGHT HAND WHILE TOUCHING THE HULL.
10/3/15 Operating Aircraft, Vehicle or Marine Vessel N/A Contusion, crush, bruise During photographing operations
9/21/15   N/A Bruising, broken bone WAKE CAUSED ME TO LOOSE MY FOOTING AND FALL OFF THE Small Boat. I FELL BETWEEN THE DOCK AND VESSEL AND HIT MY LEFT POSTERIOR
RIB CAGE ON THE DOCK BEFORE HITTING THE WATER
8/28/15   N/A Stained/ sprain  
7/22/15   N/A Bruising SLIPPED DUE TO THE INCLINE OF THE DECK IN THIS AREA
7/19/15   N/A laceration SAND TIGER WAS BEING BROUGHT ALONGSIDE THE BOAT TO BE SECURED. THEY REACHED FOR THE SHARK TO SECURE THE TAIL NOT REALIZING THE HEAD WAS NOT YET SECURED.
6/24/15   Mechanical Failure N/A BOAT BATTERY DIED
5/18/15   Boat Handling N/A .Small boat struck a sea turtle. Crew attempted to relocate the turtle but the animal did not resurface. No injuries were reported to personnel
4/29/15   Grounding N/A NEW OPERATOR ENGAGED THE PROPELLER AND IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED A SUBMERGED ROCK
4/18/15   N/A Abrasion MOVING FORWARD TO STOW GEAR WHEN BOAT TOOK A WAVE AND SHE FELL, SUSTAINED SMALL LACERATION ABOVE RIGHT EYE AND SMALL ABRASION ON RIGHT CHEEK
3/17/15   N/A Stained Lifting TRANSDUCER ARRAY TO MOUNT AND RE-MOUNT IT ON THE BOW OF A TRAILERED 19' ALUMINUM WORKSKIFF
3/10/15 Field Research Watercraft N/A ENVIRONMENTAL RELEASE -DIESEL FUEL FROM BALAST TANK WAS RELEASED IN THE WATER FROM A SMALL BOAT THROUGH A PINHOLE, 2-3 MM IN DIAMETER,ON TRANSOM
1/7/15 Field Research N/A Unknown Fall while transferring between boat and dock
1/6/15 Mission Training N/A Abrasion  DURING SURF COXN TRAINING, WHILE MANEUVERING THROUGH WAVESSLIPPED IN THE BOAT HIT FACE ON SPARE HELMET 
10/4/14   Improper gear used N/A HEAVEY EQUIPMENT USED TO MOOR BUOYS TO THE SEA FLOOR WAS BEING CRANED OVER THE SIDE OF THE small boat. THE LIFTING BRIDLE PARTED DUE TO AGE AND OVERWEIGHT CONDITIONS. THE MOORING EQUPIMENT FELL BACK TO THE DECK. NO PERSONNEL WERE INJURED

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