Lt. Jessica Hill (30, of St. Augustine, Fla.) swears in Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Steven Duque (26, of Miami
, Fla.) during a re-enlistment ceremony the week of July 30 / 06 on forecastle of the Coast Guard polar icebreaker “Healy”. Both died in an accident Aug. 17, while performing dive operations.
(Official Coast Guard Photo) http://www.cruisersforum.com/gallery...p?i=2365&c=510
The Coast Guard (Aug. 18) had conflicting information about what the two divers were doing when they were killed. In the late afternoon, Coast Guard officials said the two died during a "familiarization dive" for cold water at the bow of the ship.
Earlier in the day, Coast Guard officials had said the two died during a routine shallow-water dive to inspect the ship's rudder
SUBJ: SAFETY STAND DOWN FOR ALL COAST GUARD DIVE OPERATIONS
A. OPERATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT, COMDTINST 3500.3 (SERIES)
B. CG DIVING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL, COMDTINST M3150.1B
C. U.S. NAVY
DIVING MANUAL, SS521-AG-PRO-010 (NOTAL)
D. SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
MANUAL, COMDTINST M5100.47
1. AS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE COMMANDANT LAST WEEK, TWO CGC HEALY
SHIPMATES WERE FATALLY INJURED WHILE CONDUCTING DIVE OPERATIONS. AN
ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THIS TRAGIC MISHAP HAS NOT YET
DETERMINED ITS CAUSE.
2. UNTIL THE CAUSAL FACTORS OF THIS MISHAP CAN BE DETERMINED AND
MITIGATED, COMMANDER, PACAREA HAS SUSPENDED ALL ICE DIVING
OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
3. AS A SECONDARY MEASURE, COMMANDING OFFICERS OF ALL CG UNITS WITH
DIVE CAPABILITY ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO CONDUCT A ONE DAY SAFETY
STAND DOWN OF DIVE OPERATIONS NO LATER THAN 8 SEP 06, AND REPORT
ITS COMPLETION TO THE CHAIN OF COMMAND.
4. THE SAFETY STAND DOWN SHALL INCLUDE A REVIEW OF ALL ABOVE LISTED
A. OPERATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESSES.
B. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIVE TEAM MEMBERS.
C. SURVEY/INSPECTION OF ALL DIVE EQUIPMENT.
D. CG AND UNIT STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.
E. DIVE SAFETY PROCEDURES/GUIDELINES.
RESPONSE PROCEDURES AND REPORTING.
G. SPECIAL OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS IN HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS.
H. ANY OTHER SPECIAL OPERATIONS PARTICULAR TO UNIT.
5. POC: MR. KEN WARD, COMDT (G-RPC) AT (202)267-0019, OR CDR P. F.
COOK COMDT (CG-1134) AT (202)267-6863.
7. VICE ADMIRAL ROBERT J. PAPP JR, CHIEF OF STAFF, SENDS.