[tz] Yacht crew member killed after daylight-saving error
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Thu Jun 5 07:49:29 UTC 2014
Here's a sobering reminder of one of the downsides of daylight saving
time. Last month the Australian Transport Safety Bureau published its
investigation into a fatal accident on 2013-02-08 at 13:45 +1100, as the
motor yacht Calliope transited the Glebe Island Bridge in Rozelle Bay,
Sydney Harbour. When the ship's master calculated tidal conditions for
the transit, he determined that low tide would be at 13:20 local time.
However, he forgot to allow for daylight saving time, and the actual low
tide was at 14:20. The miscalculation contributed to a botched transit;
as the crew positioned a fender to control contact with the bridge
structure, an assistant engineer was caught between the yacht's fashion
plate and a bridge-mounted fender, was pulled overboard, and died.
Crane E. Crewman crushed to death in yacht crash after captain misjudged
tide times when the clocks changed. Daily Mail, 2014-05-12.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Fatality on board the motor yacht
Calliope. Marine Occurrence Investigation 297-MO-2013-003, 2014-05-12.
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