Investigation into Katmai sinking to reconvene Monday

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Marine Board of Investigation will convene the Seattle portion of the Katmai investigation; Monday November 3, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Jackson Federal Building. This hearing is open to the public.

The members of the board include: Cmdr. Malcolm McLellan, Lt. Scott White, and Lt. Mike Benson. All of the board members have extensive experience and training in marine safety, naval architecture and marine engineering.

The hearing is open to the public and the media but the proceedings will not be broadcast on television, radio or conference call. Still cameras and video cameras are prohibited for the duration of the hearing. Cell phones are prohibited at all times.

The board will hear testimony from former crewmembers, rescuers and federal vessel examiners.

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 Wednesday in the same location at 8 a.m.

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