SAN FRANCISCO — Owners of the tanker Golden Gate admitted on Monday that new evidence indicates their ship unknowingly rammed the fishing boat Jack Jr. and left it to sink with three men aboard.
The announcement came shortly after a robot submarine equipped with a video camera found the wreckage of the fishing boat in 300 feet of water about 6.8 miles west of Point Reyes. That is near the point where the boat sank in dense fog on May 26.
The tanker was the only ship known to be near that point at the time of the sinking, according to evidence at a Coast Guard hearing, and the Golden Gate has been the prime suspect in the collision.
The Keystone Shipping Co., which owns the tanker, has already set aside a $7.1-million fund to cover liability claims.
Jack Jr. skipper Jack Favaloro and his crew members, Vince Ingargiola and Tom McCarthy, perished in the accident. Only Favaloro's body has been recovered.