Marine Board of Invistigation into Alaska Ranger to Convene This Morning

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska – The Coast Guard (USCG) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Marine Board of Investigation will convene at 10 a.m. (HADT) in the Shishaldin Room of the Grand Aleutian Hotel. This hearing is open to the public.

The members of the board are Capt. Michael Rand, USCG Headquarters; Cmdr. John Nadaeu, USCG Commanding Officer Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, N.C.; Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Hawkins, USCG Headquarters; and Mr. Liam LaRue, NTSB.

All of the board members have extensive experience and training in marine safety, naval architecture and marine engineering.

The board will issue opening statements and they will be sworn in under oath. Immediately following the swearing in of the board the floor will be opened to questions for 10 minutes. Then the board will question the first witness under oath.

Following the testimony of the first witness the board plans to recess to tour the fishing vessel Alaska Warrior, the sister ship to the Alaska Ranger in Unalaska. The board will reconvene following the tour and take the second witness.

The hearing is open to the public and the media but the proceedings will not be broadcast on television, radio or conference call. Recording devices including still cameras, video cameras, and open recording devices are prohibited after opening statements for the duration of the hearing. Cell phones are prohibited at all times. An official transcript will be available after it is transcribed.

The board does not expect concluding the first day’s proceedings until the evening hours. Due to this late finish a press conference is planned for Saturday morning in the same location at 9 a.m. Conference call capabilities will be available for out of town media. That number will be published once it is established.

For questions regarding the proceedings contact Petty Officer Sara Francis, USCG (907) 359.6735.

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