Coast Guard reconvenes Lady Mary hearing May 24

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Marine Board of Investigation into the sinking, with multiple loss of life, of the fishing vessel Lady Mary which occurred on March 24, is scheduled to reconvene a public formal hearing beginning May 4, 2009, at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., inside the Oceanside building.

The board is investigating the facts and circumstances relating to the sinking of the vessel and will develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also participating in the investigation and they can make recommendations on issues to consider, identify and examine witnesses, and submit or request additional evidence in the course of the investigation.

The Lady Mary sank 60 miles off the coast of Cape May. The Coast Guard launched an intensive 37 hour search covering 3,417 square nautical miles after receiving an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert.

Members of the media interested in attending the hearing must contact Coast Guard Public Affairs at 609-677-2204. A press pool will be established and it’s the responsibility of the media to choose a representative for capturing still photography and video before the hearing begins.

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