Ship pilot in Bay Bridge hit facing license loss 

click to enlarge Tanker pilot Guy Kleess crashed into the Bay Bridge in January - ASSOCIATED PRESS
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  • Tanker pilot Guy Kleess crashed into the Bay Bridge in January

SAN FRANCISCO — A state panel is recommending that the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the Bay Bridge in January have his license suspended or revoked.

The recommendation is contained in a report released Thursday by the California Board of Pilot Commissioners Incident Review Committee.

The committee says the board should find for pilot error against Guy Kleess in the January bridge strike.

The board is expected to take up the recommendation and decide any disciplinary action it might pursue against Kleess later in the day. 

Kleess was in control of the 752-foot Overseas Reymar when the oil tanker hit a western-span tower of the bridge Jan. 7.

The tower's wooden fenders were damaged, but no oil was spilled and there were no injuries.

 

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