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April 9, 2008

NTSB: Pilot’s personal issues affected judgement

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing looking into the Cosco Busan oil spill, shed more light on the personal problems of the pilot captain that may have contributed to the disaster on San Francisco Bay.

The NTSB revealed that Capt. John Cota is an alcoholic who also was using prescription drugs during work hours to treat depression and sleep apnea.

“I wouldn’t want anyone taking those medicines and having to make decisions in a safety-sensitive position,” Dr. Robert Bourgeois told an NTSB panel on Wednesday.

With Cota piloting the 900-foot Cosco Busan, the ship struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog on November 7, 2007. It spilled toxic fuel oil into the bay that fouled the bay and killed at least 2,500 birds.

Cota through his attorney is refusing to testify at the panel’s hearing in Washington, DC this week. He is citing his 5th amendment right against self incrimination.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle story

March 13, 2008

Want to help more birds? Donate your old car

Do you have an old car that you’d like put to good use? Then please donate it to IBRRC.

We just linked up again with a car donation program that will take your car, sell it auction and donate the proceeds to our general operating fund. And you get a tax write-off for your good deed.

To learn more, please visit our Car Donation page on the IBRRC website.

November 17, 2007

970 birds now in care; 496 washed of oil

Latest numbers on the oiled bird response:

970 live birds in care
496 washed of oil
268 died/euthanized

1,113 found dead in the field*

*Animals found dead include:
401 visibly oiled
217 unoiled
495 unassessed
2 raccoons

Most of the birds treated include Scoters, Scaups, Grebes, Loons and Cormorants. A complete list of birds affected by the spill will be compiled at the end of the response.

Wildlife rescue crews comprised of IBRRC response team members, OWCN participants and wardens from California Fish & Game continue to comb the bay and beaches to collect oiled birds for treatment. Most of the avian victims are weak and need of immediate attention.

All of the birds are being treated at the OWCN’s San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center in Cordelia.

Miles of beaches remain closed after the 810-foot container ship Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog on Nov. 7, spilling 58,000 gallons of oil into the bay.

Full story on the oiled bird response

Updated numbers from OWCN: Friday 10:30 PM, November 16, 2007.