Coast Guard releases results of investigation into 2010 training fatality

Coast Guard Headquarters NewsWASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard made public a memo outlining details of a training accident that killed a Coast Guardsman from Marine Safety and Security Team 91106 based in New York at the mouth of the James River near Portsmouth, Va., Oct. 13, 2010.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Shaun Lin, a maritime enforcement specialist, and other Coast Guard trainees were practicing boarding procedures with the Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew when he fell from the ladder he was climbing as he attempted to exit a boat and climb onto the Frank Drew.

“The loss of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lin will always be remembered within the Coast Guard.  We hope the release of the Final Action Memorandum of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death helps bring closure to his family and shipmates.  We honor his memory by learning all we can from this accident to ensure Coast Guardsmen are fully prepared to safely and proficiently conduct operations.”

The memo directs 17 actions be taken and lists two other recommended actions based on the causal and contributing factors identified during the Coast Guard’s investigation of the accident.  The memo also details the findings of fact that support the causal and contributing factors.

Lin was a three-year veteran of the Coast Guard and a native of New York.

The memo is posted to the Coast Guard’s Freedom of Information Act Reading Room Web site and can be accessed at

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