Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Details In Coast Guard Boat Crash

A local news outlet in San Diego released a home video that shows the U.S. Coast Guard boat crash that killed a young boy at a boat parade on Dec. 20, 2009. According to the news report, 13-year-old Megan Swanson was videotaping the Holiday Festival of Lights Parade off Harbor Island. The Coast Guard boat is seen with flashing lights and a man’s voice can be heard saying, “Why are these guys going 20 knots? It just doesn't make any sense.”  The actual collision is not seen on the video. The attorney for the victim's family played the home video during the court-martial of the driver of the Coast Guard boat, Petty Officer Paul Ramos. Ramos said he was responding to a stranded yacht.  He is facing negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter charges.