F/V Nordic Viking Runs Aground – Root Cause … Fatigue or Drunk Driving?
Sorry – that’s not the entrance to the harbor.
It happened on July 22, 2007. The Skipper said that he was tired and fell asleep at the helm.
He refused to take tests for alcohol until the next day (but they were positive then).
The wreck caused considerable damage to the vessel and released diesel fuel from a 3,500 gallon tank.
Another blog said that the skipper, Dale Pruitt, plead guilty to the charges of operating a boat in a negligent or reckless manner and oil pollution (both Class A misdemeanors). He received a one year suspended sentence on the first charge and 15 days in jail, 75 additional days in jail (suspeneded), and 40 hours of community service for the second charge. The sentencing occurred in early August of 2008.
Nordic Viking LLC paid a $17,500 fine, agreed to implemented drug and alcohol testing for a period of a year on other fishing boats operated by its members, and agreed to contribute $10,000 to a supplemental environmental project that cleans up marine debris in the Gulf of Alaska.
Do you recognize “Nordic Viking”?
Perhaps you saw it on the TV show Deadliest Catch? It was one of the fishing boats that got stuck in the ice that the Time Bandit (a crab boat featured on the show) escaped. The Nordic Viking’s job is to collect the catch from smaller boats and to haul it ashore (without hitting the rocks).