NTSB releasing report on Alaska Ranger sinking

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board said it will announce the probable cause of the sinking of the Alaska Ranger at a meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

The Seattle-based fish processor went down in March of 2008 in the Bering Sea west of Dutch Harbor. Five of the 47 people on board died.

The board will release the findings of its investigation and make recommendations.

The investigation led the Coast Guard to make a recommendation in July that operators of ships with controllable-pitch propellers review the controls.

Survivors of the Alaska Ranger said the 200-foot ship started going in reverse after it began leaking in the stern.

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