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NOAA Small Boat Accident Reporting

2016
Jul 08
NATIONAL OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
SMALL BOAT INCIDENTS
updated 7-Sept-2017
Incident Date Nature of Injury Cause (No injuries) DESCRIPTION
       
4-Oct-14 N/A Improper gear used 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
6-Jan-15 Abrasion N/A  DURING SURF COXN TRAINING, WHILE MANEUVERING THROUGH WAVESSLIPPED IN THE BOAT HIT FACE ON SPARE HELMET 
7-Jan-15 Unknown N/A Fall while transferring between boat and dock
10-Mar-15 N/A Watercraft 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
17-Mar-15 Stained N/A Lifting TRANSDUCER ARRAY TO MOUNT AND RE-MOUNT IT ON THE BOW OF A TRAILERED 19' ALUMINUM WORKSKIFF
18-Apr-15 Abrasion N/A 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
29-Apr-15 N/A Grounding NEW OPERATOR ENGAGED THE PROPELLER AND IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED A SUBMERGED ROCK
18-May-15 N/A Boat Handling .Small boat struck a sea turtle. Crew attempted to relocate the turtle but the animal did not resurface. No injuries were reported to personnel
24-Jun-15 N/A Mecanical Failure BOAT BATTERY DIED
19-Jul-15 laceration N/A 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.
22-Jul-15 Bruising N/A SLIPPED DUE TO THE INCLINE OF THE DECK IN THIS AREA
28-Aug-15 Stained/ sprain N/A  
21-Sep-15 Bruising, broken bone N/A 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
3-Oct-15 Contusion, crush, bruise N/A During photographing operations
14-Oct-15 Electric shock N/A 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.
27-Oct-15 Sprain/Strain Of Ligament, Muscle,
Tendon, Not Back
N/A vessel got caught in the trough of a ship's wake. The boat rolled, jerking employee and knocking her into equipment
2-Nov-15 Contusion, crush, bruise N/A 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
13-Dec-15 N/A Grounding A side scan sonar was lost, and the propeller was damaged in the grounding.
18-Apr-16 N/A Boat Handling 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-May-16 N/A Grounding port engine and part of the skeg on the starboard had been lost in the grounding.
23-May-16 N/A Fire 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.
6-Jun-16 Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion N/A smashed the index finger on left hand
21-Jun-16 Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion N/A Small waves in surf zone contributed to kayak flipping in waist high water and volunteer scraped finger on rock/coral.
18-Jul-16 N/A Boat Handling Contractor lost winch cable while retrieving buoy
28-Jul-16 Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion   fell through open deck hatch
29-Jul-16 Dislocation N/A Dislocated knee while docking small boat
1-Aug-16 Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
N/A While launching a small boat, fell off the boat while still holding onto the dock
25-Aug-16 N/A Boat Handling Cracked port window during boom operations / egress of the boat basin located at the Sand Point campus, Seattle
13-Oct-16 Contusion; Bruise; Abrasion N/A Stepped into the open hatch
17-Oct-16 Sprain/Strain Of Ligament, Muscle,
Tendon, Not Back
Grounding 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.
7-Feb-17 Laceration; Cut N/A 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.
14-Mar-17 Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
N/A Sustained injury to lower back while assisting a fellow staff member
to lift a 15' inflatable boat
21-Mar-17 N/A Boat Handling 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
30-Mar-17 N/A Equipment Failure AGM battery burst and melted down while the vessel was underway for sea trialing
16-Apr-17 N/A Equipment Failure The bow mooring broke near the anchor. The stern and hip lines pulled her into the platform attached to shore
26-Apr-17 Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
N/A Conducting docking practice during an MOCC class. The line slipped off the cleat and the person fell backward onto the boat.
1-May-17 N/A Ran out of fuel Near Miss - While testing the Fast Rescue Boat, the boat ran out of fuel and went adrift near the Yaquina Bridge.
31-May-17 Back Sprain/Strain, Back Pain,
Subluxation
N/A 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.
8-Jun-17 N/A Grounding 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. 
15-Jun-17 Laceration; Cut N/A 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.
14-Jul-17 Dislocation Boat Handling 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. 
23-Jul-17 N/A Boat Handling During personel 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.

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