Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Back when I was in the Coast Guard learning to be a marine inspector long ago, the saying I heard about uninspected vessels (referring to the rule that more than six paying passengers required a Certificate of Inspection):
"You can drown six---you can't drown seven"
I suppose you could change this to 12 and 13 as the circumstances may warrant.
I await the Board of Investigation with interest. In my experience the Coast Guard is not unwilling to criticize themselves when warranted (read the report of the sinking of the SS MARINE ELECTRIC off the Delaware Capes as an example). Even more so if the NTSB gets involved, they regularly ping on the Coast Guard while sharing investigatory jurisdiction with them. I wonder if they will join in on this Board as they often do.