Chief mate points to pilot in second day of Eggners Ferry Bridge hearing

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

PADUCAH — We learned Tuesday why the Delta Mariner continued on its path under the Eggners Ferry Bridge despite the chief mate telling his crew it didn't look safe.

In his four hours of testimony, Chief Mate John Newland said he was doing what the pilot told him to do.

That pilot directed Newland to steer the Delta Mariner to the only green light they saw.

However, Newland can be heard on the data recorder asking if he should continue steering even though the green light looked low.

That led to this exchange:

"As the person that is in charge of the navigation watch, how did you not know you'd be able to clear a span other than the main channel span?" Newland was asked.

"I depended on the pilot to make that judgement," he responded.

The hearing continues Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at Paducah City Hall.

For more on Tuesday's hearing, watch the video. If you're viewing this page on our mobile app, head to the videos section.

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