The United States Coast Guard has recognized the efforts of the regional dive team, that helped investigators discover what happened when the Lady Mary sank off the coast of Cape May back in March of 2009.
Only one member from Lady Mary's seven–person crew survived the accident. After the search and rescue case concluded, the Coast Guard and NTSB began a joint investigation into the cause of the vessel's sinking.
The dive team members were recognized Friday in Philadelphia for assisting the investigation by conducting dives to collect information. The team took time off from their employment and volunteered extra hours to make the most of limited weather windows.
Investigators determined the probable cause of the sinking was sea water flooding in through an access hatch that had been left open.
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