Barge Lighting Might Have Played a Part in Fatal Boat Wreck

Barge Lighting Might Have Played a Part in Fatal Boat Wreck

TugboatThere have been new developments in the investigation of a fatal boating accident that took the lives of two FBI agents, a story which we blogged about last month.

According to WXIX-TV, an investigation into a collision between a pleasure boat and a barge along the Ohio River uncovered a possible cause of the wreck. Reportedly, one of the passengers on the pleasure boat who survived the deadly crash, which happened around midnight on a Thursday, said that prior to the collision, she and the others on her vessel could not see the barge.

Barges are required to use proper lighting at night, and authorities reported that both the pleasure boat and barge’s navigation lights were working leading up to the crash. Therefore, it remains unclear whether lighting contributed to the incident. As of this report, the U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating the wreck.

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Latti’s Little Extra: A tug and barge can be half a mile apart with a cable hidden underwater connecting them, according to Yachting Life.

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