I watched a video of this, and Iíll play the ďdevilís advocateĒ here. First off, I have been on two boats that when I went to back up, a valve on the reduction gear did not work (Dublin valve?) and when I put her in gear to back up, she came ahead. Also, knowing as I do how old the USCG fleet is and how they defer maintenance, Iím surprised they are able to do as much as they can. Finally, with the river at 16.5 feet at NOLA, you know that eddy was working strong. Yes, it may well have been pilot error, but it could have been a number of other things as well, or a combination of things. As we come to find out, pictures donít always tell the whole story.