The Post-Star on-line news has reported that the investigation of the cause of the Ethan Allen capsize has widened.
Federal investigators revealed Tuesday they have brought three contractors who did work on the Ethan Allen into the investigation of what caused the tour boat to sink, including one to look at whether the boat's engine coolant pump was working properly.
Had the coolant pump not been functioning correctly, it could have been bringing water onto the boat and adding weight, officials said. Some believed the pump did not appear in perfect order after the boat flipped over on Lake George, Warren County Sheriff Larry Cleveland said.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday that three private companies that worked on the tour boat had become part of the investigation, including the English company that manufactured the coolant pump, Hypro Marine.
Also involved were Albany boatmaker Scarano Boats, which manufactured the Ethan Allen's canopy, and Cummins Inc., which built its engine.
The NTSB's timetable to complete the investigation is expected to be complete within the next nine months or so. Here is the NTSB announcement concerning the new investigation items http://www.ntsb.gov/Pressrel/2006/060103.htm.
Here are some further articles concerning the new investigation scope:
- Albany Times (The owner and operator of the vessel, Shoreline Cruises of Lake George, has denied wrongdoing in the Ethan Allen's capsizing. It said the ship went over accidentally, possibly when it was hit by the wake of another vessel.).