Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived in Ucluelet Saturday to interview the crew of a Canadian fishing vessel involved in a collision with a U.S. boat off the coast of Washington early Friday morning.
Chris Krepski, a spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board, said the 90-foot Viking Storm, a Canadian vessel, collided with 40-foot Maverick around 4:30 a.m. Friday about 30 nautical miles west of La Push, on the northern coast of Washington.
The American vessel sank, said Krepski. Three crewmembers were rescued, but a fourth was reported missing.
TSB investigators met the Viking Storm, interviewed the crew and will continue to gather information, Krepski said.
They may meet with the American crew [this] week, he said
Investigators will find out about the boats, their operation and the training and experience of the crew. Theyll also assess weather conditions and visibility at the time of the collision.
Then we analyze all the information and come up with causes and contributing factors, Krepski said.
On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard was searching for the missing man with a helicopter from Port Angeles, the cutter Alert from Astoria, Oregon, and two other coast guard vessels.
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation incidents.
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