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Statement of United States Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf in Connection with the Pleas Relating to the Crash of the Andrew J. Barberi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2005

In his guilty plea today to seaman's manslaughter, Ferry Director Patrick Ryan admitted his responsibility for the lax and unsafe procedures at the Staten Island Ferry Service that resulted in the deaths of eleven passengers and scores of serious injuries in the tragic crash of the Andrew J. Barberi. Safe practice and simple common sense demand that a ferry service put in place and enforce procedures adequate to respond to the sudden incapacitation of a pilot. As Director of Ferry Operations, Ryan failed in this most basic of duties, and as a result, the Barberi was left in the control of a single pilot without any other crewmember in a position to take command when that pilot lost control. Ryan compounded this crime by lying to government officials investigating the cause of the crash. The prosecutions arising out of the Barberi tragedy, including today's pleas, hold accountable both those on the Barberi and those on shore who were responsible for the crash, and who failed in their duty to ensure the safe operation of the ferry's entire fleet.


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