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Coast Guard: Yacht Club Crash Caused by Sleeping Vessel Mate

The October 2 destruction of the Ludlow-Bromley Yacht Club was caused by a towing vessel's mate on-watch falling asleep, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday.

The landmark riverfront destination was wrecked by a wayward towing vessel known as the DALE ARTIGUE, which was pushing fifteen loaded barges at the time, in the early morning hours of that October day.

In addition to the mate on-watch falling asleep at the controls and, according to the Coast Guard, failing to maintain a proper watch on the Ohio River, two other deckhands who were on board and assigned to be on-watch, but neither was assigned navigation watch duties.

The Coast Guard said that it has initiated administrative enforcement action against the mate's Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential, but there was no further information released pending adjudication of the enforcement case.

The yacht club was preparing to close for the season at the end of the fateful week that saw the business destroyed.

The owners spoke days later and said that they were uncertain of what the future may hold for the business.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Ludlow-Bromley Yacht Club destroyed (RCN file)