Oregon Skipper Faulted

In Deadly 2003 Sinking

Federal safety officials faulted the skipper of a charter fishing vessel that sank off the Oregon coast in 2003, killing 11 people, saying yesterday that Doug Davis used poor judgment in deciding to take the Taki-Tooo out in hazardous conditions.

The report by the National Transportation Safety Board also criticized Davis for failing to ensure that everyone on board wore life jackets, and it faulted the Coast Guard for not enforcing federal regulations on the use of life jackets.

Davis was among those killed in the June 2003 accident near Tillamook Bay, one of Oregon's deadliest maritime accidents. Only one of the 19 people aboard was wearing a life jacket before the boat began to sink.

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