July 2, 2007
Mariner hits bridge, doesn't tell, loses license
Following an unreported incident March 29, 2007, that resulted in substantial damage to the R.J. Corman Railroad Bridge on the Cumberland River near Clarksville, Tenn., the Coast Guard signed a consent order agreement which resulted in the suspension of a mariner's a license.
The suspension is the result of a Consent Order Agreement between the Coast Guard and the mariner, where the mariner was found guilty of negligence as a mariner and failure to report a marine casualty incident.
The Coast Guard urges all mariners to report any and all marine casualty incidents to the nearest Coast Guard facility.
"When this type of incident occurs and is not reported, we contact the locks and dams, so we can narrow our search down for a possible vessel, said Chief Warrant Tim Smith, investigating officer from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Nashville, when asked how the mariner had been located.
The R.J. Corman Railroad Bridge is currently being repaired and the current waterway restrictions remain in effect, until repairs are completed and it has been deemed safe to transit.
"It is the responsibility of every mariner to report incidents on the water as required in the Code of Federal Regulations. This is not just about financial damage, this is about the safety and security of people on the water as well as the people and trains who utilize that bridge," said Capt. Timothy Close, Chief of the Western Rivers Division for the Eighth Coast Guard District.