Firehawk 28 capsizes

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Firehawk 28 capsizes

Postby Georgs » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:44 pm

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A California-made fireboat that capsized during training and testing in Halifax Harbour last September had a high centre of gravity and flipped when thrust from its powerful engine exceeded its ability to stay upright, according to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada report.

The report, which was released Wednesday, said the $250,000 Firehawk 28 did meet minimum stability requirements and was not overloaded, although the eight large men on board were a contributing factor in the incident, which didn’t lead to any serious injuries.

“There was no ballast on board,” investigator Guy Bussières said Wednesday. “There was also a pilot house on the deck so the centre of gravity was very high.”

For more, go to the Halifax Chronicle Herald from which the above has been excerpted.
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