Coast Guard officials will hear primarily from people affiliated with Foss Maritime – the owner of the M/V Delta Mariner – and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said Clarence Rice, the senior investigating officer at the Coast Guard Safety Unit in Paducah.
Lt. Jaime Salinas of the U.S. Coast Guard has been the lead investigator of this incident since Friday, Jan. 27, the day after the accident. He said the opening statements are expected to start at 1 p.m. on April 16, and that the way the interviews will be conducted will be similar to a Congressional hearing.
“People from the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board will ask questions for two people from the Coast Guard responsible for regulation requirements for navigational lights, people from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet responsible for the navigational lights and the bridge navigation team members operating the Delta Mariner,” said Salinas.
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