Report Corrects Timing of Texts Prior to Coast Guard Crash

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    Spencer Thornburg

    Reports that Coast Guard members were texting just prior to a fatal boat accident on San Diego Bay during a light parade were false, according to a new report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

    Three petty officers will stand trial for their roles in a collision between a Coast Guard boat and a pleasure boat that killed 8-year-old

    Child Killed at Parade of Lights

    [DGO] Child Killed at Parade of Lights
    A child was killed when a U.S. Coast Guard and a private boat collided on San Diego Bay Sunday night. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009)

    Anthony Cole DeWeese on Dec. 20, 2009.
    DeWeese was on board a 26-foot Sea Ray with family, getting ready to watch dozens of boats participate in the second weekend of the annual Parade of Lights, when the crash occurred.    

    The Coast Guard boat was responding to reports of a grounded vessel when it collided with the pleasure boat carrying the boy. The crew blamed the crash on mechanical defects, poor training and lax leadership.

    In August, 2010, an NTSB report claimed crew members were texting "unrelated to vessel operations" just before the crash. 
    An updated report released Sept. 8 corrects the timing of those text messages.
    The revised memo, posted Sept. 29 on the agency’s website, states that the texts occurred in the 5 o’clock time frame in Central or Eastern time, not Pacific Time, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
    Petty Officers Paul Ramos, the commander of the boat, Ian Howell and Brittany Rasmussen have pleaded not guilty to charges in military court.

    Coast Guard Hearing in Boy's Death Set to Start

    [DGO] Coast Guard Hearing in Boy's Death Set to Start
    Three face charges after a child died in 2009 at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. (Published Monday, Sept. 6, 2010)