Investigation into Katmai sinking to reconvene Tuesday

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation will reconvene the Katmai investigation Tuesday Feb. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the Divers Institute of Technology, 4315 11th Ave NW, Seattle.

The purpose of this portion of the investigation will be to test the inflation of a recovered liferaft from the Katmai and determine the integrity of its buoyancy chambers to assist in determining whether or not the liferaft inflated properly when it was deployed from the Katmai prior to the Oct. 22, 2008, sinking.

The liferaft will be transported by the Coast Guard to Divers Institute of Technology on Monday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. The liferaft will be laid out and the inflation hose removed so that it can be examined by the National Transportation Safety Board. The Coast Guard will work with Divers Institute of Technology to identify the appropriate fittings needed to connect an air hose to the liferaft in preparation for the inflation test on Tuesday.

It is not expected that any witnesses will be called upon during this test nor will any testimony be requested.

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