Accession Number : AD0787201

Title :   Loss of Numerous Vessels during Heavy Weather in the Vicinity of Chetco River, Oregon, on or about 16 August 1972; with Loss of Life.

Descriptive Note : Marine casualty rept.

Corporate Author : COAST GUARD WASHINGTON D C

Report Date : 24 OCT 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : On August 16, 1972, approximately 69 small boats operating off the coast of northern California and southern Oregon suddenly encountered high winds and rough seas. Although the U.S. Coast Guard, assisted by numerous private vessels, conducted extensive rescue operations, 13 persons are missing or dead. More than $132,000 worth of damage was incurred by the small boats. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the loss of life and damage to the small boats at sea was: (1) The fact that the National Weather Service (NWS) and the U.S. Coast Guard did not provide timely information about the approaching storm to various small boats, and (2) the inadequate communications between small boats in distress and Coast Guard rescue units. Contributing to the inadequate communications was the inability of the Coast Guard to monitor requests for assistance that were transmitted on Citizens Band frequencies.

Descriptors :   *Accidents, *Boats, *California, *Oregon, Casualties, Sea rescues, Coast Guard, Storms, Weather forecasting, Weather communications, Communication and radio systems, Weather stations, Safety

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE