Cosco Busan Pilot Charged, Six Crew Members Disappeared

costco_busan.jpgThe pilot of the Cosco Busan container ship that hit the Bay Bridge and dumped 58,000 gallons of oil into the bay, killing 2,000 birds, is up shit creek without a paddle. San Francisco Business Times reported yesterday that John Joseph Cota will be charged with violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Act. Cota is looking at a combined year and six months in jail and $115,000 in fines. In related news, an article in today's Examiner reports that six members of the Cosco Busan's Chinese crew have been detained for more than four months without being charged with a crime. Arex Avanni, chief of Incident Management at the San Francisco sector of the U.S. Coast Guard, said the crew was being held "locally" but then referred further questions to the Department of Justice. The DOJ "wouldn't say where the crew was being held or answer any other questions about the men." The DOJ usually sticks its foreign prisoners in the Four Seasons, right?–Andy Wright

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