The National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) issued a synopsis* on July 25 of its investigation of the capsizing of the New York
State-certified passenger vessel Ethan Allen at Lake George on October 2, 2005. The vessel was carrying 47 passengers and an operator. Three passengers were seriously injured; six received minor injuries; and 20 passengers died in the incident.
The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the capsizing was insufficient stability, resulting in part from undue reliance on the manufacturerís capacity plate data and failure to assess the vesselís characteristics following modifications.
Ē... The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the capsizing of the Ethan Allen was the vesselís insufficient stability to resist the combined forces of a passing wave or waves, a sharp turn, and the resulting involuntary shift of passengers to the port side of the vessel. The vesselís stability was insufficient because it carried 48 persons where postaccident stability calculations demonstrated that it should have been permitted to carry only 14 passengers. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the failure to reassess the vesselís stability after it had been modified because there was no clear requirement to do so ...Ē
* Goto: http://www.ntsb.gov/Publictn/2006/MAR0603.htm