After tanker crash, officials reconsider allowing large ships to sail in fog near the Bay Bridge

San Jose Mercury News

Three days after a 752-foot oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge under foggy conditions, the top Coast Guard official in the Bay Area on Thursday called for a reconsideration of rules that allow large ships to sail in fog near the Bay Bridge.

The request by Capt. Cynthia Stowe to the San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee follows a report Wednesday by the Bay Area News Group that the Coast Guard and other officials in 2008 exempted the Bay Bridge from a list of nine risky areas where ship captains are told not to sail when visibility is less than half a mile.

The Coast Guard has said that there was a quarter-mile of visibility when the Overseas Reymar hit the bridge Monday.

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