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July 12, 1989
THE WASHINGTON POST
U.S. Subs Had 42 Collisions Since 1983
Commercial Boats Dragged In 5 Reported Incidents
....At least 14 times, the submarines struck tugboats or fishing boats or their nets, anchors or towing cables.
In five incidents, including the Barcona sinking, commercial boats were dragged backward before crews either cut lines free or the lines snapped.
The Navy also released details of 13 collisions involving "objects." For example, U.S. subs collided twice with piers, twice with debris and twice with mooring buoys.
Regarding the Barcona incident 10 miles off Long Beach, a Navy spokesman said the death of Barcona crewman Brian Belanger, 32, of Norwalk, Calif., is the only casualty from a U.S. submarine collision, "as far as we know."
Studies by private organizations, however, allege that others have died in crashes involving subs of other nations.