Crew to be court-martialed in deadly Coast Guard crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The Coast Guard has ordered three petty officers to stand trial in a San Diego Bay crash that killed an 8-year-old boy.

Lt. Cmdr. Rick Foster said Wednesday that Rear Adm. Joseph R. Castillo ordered the courts-martial after reviewing a report that concluded there was no legal justification for the Dec. 20, 2009, crash.

The Coast Guard boat was responding to reports of a grounded vessel when it collided with the pleasure boat carrying the boy.

The crew blamed the crash on mechanical defects, poor training and lax leadership.

Petty Officers Paul Ramos, the commander of the boat, Ian Howell and Brittany Rasmussen have pleaded not guilty to charges in military court.

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