Emotional testimony, toxicology results and a captain’s troubled past have been among the topics discussed at this week’s U.S. Coast Guard hearing for the Mary B II in Newport.
Earlier in the week it was reported that investigators had found amphetamine, methamphetamine and alcohol in the body of boat skipper, Stephen Biernacki, 50, after his death. A toxicology expert, Brian M. Bourgeois, spoke this week at the live streamed hearing claiming the levels of methamphetamine indicated Biernacki was impaired.
“I would call this mariner not fit for duty and certainly not what I would call seaworthy,” Bourgeois said.
Biernacki had recently moved to