Here is a link to something that I am sure every small boat captain fears. A Coast Guard CA is convening an Article 32 hearing to inquire into charges against 4 Coast Guard enlisted crew members whose boat collided with and killed an 8-year old boy last year, according to the LA Times. The Times reports that:
Three families were on a 24-foot Sea Ray when it was struck by a 33-foot Coast Guard craft allegedly skimming through the water at a high rate of speed the night of Dec. 20.

Eight-year-old Anthony DeWeese from the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood of San Diego was killed and five members of the three families were injured. The boy died of “blunt force trauma,” according to the county medical examiner.

Witnesses alleged that the Coast Guard vessel was speeding recklessly. The Coast Guard initially said its vessel was rushing to help a stranded boat.

Sounds like a tragedy all the way around.

4 Responses to “Coast Guard Crew to Face Art. 32 for Christmas Boat Parade Collision”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Let’s hope that the CG sees fit to tape this proceeding.

  2. Bridget says:

    The paper here (San Diego) reported Mike Neil as the CDC, likely retired USMC BG Mike Neil. (Who, as far a I know) was never a judge advocate. He spent his civilian career in civil litigation/insurance defense work.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The article linked here says that Michael Neil is representing the DeWeese family in their suit against the United States; I don’t think he’s representing the military members.

  4. Bridget says:

    Well, that makes sense.