Monday, February 06, 2006

Capt. Richard J. Oba Charged with Seaman's Manslaughter

This is what the feds say:
Federal officials said Mr. Oba, 58, a captain with 30 years of experience from Alaska to California, acted negligently by repeatedly ignoring warnings from the Coast Guard to back away from an area that was being hammered by high swells. "When captains operate their boats unsafely and people are killed, they must be held accountable," the federal prosecutor, Karin J. Immergut, said when she announced the charges.
Capt. Oba's website letter response can be seen here.
We will follow this story as it developes.

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