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Report faults ferry captain for accident


ANCHORAGE (AP) — The captain of a state ferry made a maneuvering error in strong currents that couldn't be corrected before the Matanuska slammed into a seafood company's dock when sailing into Petersburg.

Those are the findings of state report into the May 7 accident that caused significant damage to the Ocean Beauty Seafoods' dock.

Captain M. Scott Macaulay has more than 29 years' experience as a deck officer with the ferry system. He performs relief work on various ships, and this was the third time he captained the Matanuska in the previous 12 months.

It's not immediately clear if Macaulay faces punishment. The report's recommendation says the crew will face appropriate administrative action but those would be confidential. The report didn't find fault with any other crew member's performance.


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