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Cosco Busan captain fails to get his license back

Monday, December 02, 2013
John Cota

The Cosco Busan pilot and crew struggled in the fog moments before the crash. (AP)

The bar pilot who was guiding the Cosco Busan oil tanker when it crashed into the Bay Bridge in 2007 will not be sailing again anytime soon.

Our media partner The Mercury News reports a judge today dismissed Capt. John Cota's lawsuit, seeking to get his license back.

Cota served time in prison after investigators found he was going too fast in foggy conditions and was under the influence of prescription drugs when his oil tanker crashed.

The ruptured oil tanker leaked 53,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, causing one of the worst ecological disasters in the bay in two decades.

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