Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Coast Guard candor

The Seattle Times has an editorial today praising the Coast Guard for "candor" with the diving accident investigation.
The Coast Guard undertook a commendable and unflinching review of a last August's fatal diving accident in Arctic waters. Sadly, the same professional rigor would have kept the two divers out of the frigid water and spared their lives.
I've been reading Admiral Allen's Final Action, and am struck that while there were failures at every level of the Coast Guard, I wonder if we don't put too much on our junior personnel and set them up for failure. And, I hope that the macro lessons of this mishap are not lost on those outside the dive program; there is plenty here for everyone to learn from. We must be better.

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