The captain of the port for Sector Delaware Bay last week presented a regional dive team with Public Service Commendation Awards for their contributions to the Coast Guard's and National Transportation Safety Board's investigations into the sinking of the fishing vessel Lady Mary.
The team made three expeditions to the vessel in 2009, diving 211 feet below the water's surface in order to take photos and video of the vessel to help investigators determine the cause of the sinking. T
he Lady Mary, which was homeported in Cape May, N.J., sank 65 nautical miles off the New Jersey Coast on the morning of March 24, 2009. Only one member from the seven-person crew survived the incident.
Investigators concluded the probable cause of the sinking was sea water flooding into the vessel through an access hatch that had been left open.
Return to: WGMD Local News Blog