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Navy Agrees to Pay $1.4 Million to Family of Sub Accident Victim

June 14, 1991

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ The Navy will pay $1.4 million to compensate the widow and two children of a tugboat crewman killed when his craft was pulled underwater by a submarine, a newspaper reported.

The federal government didn’t admit fault in an out-of-court settlement in the death of Brian Belanger, the Press-Telegram reported Thursday, quoting documents on file in Norwalk Superior Court.

Belanger was one of three crew members on the tug Barcona when the craft’s submerged tow cable was snagged by the nuclear-powered USS Houston about 10 miles off Santa Catalina Island on June 14, 1989.

The tug was swiftly pulled under, and Belanger’s body was not found. The other two crew members survived and the submarine was undamaged.

The Navy declined to comment on the settlement. James Zorigian, an attorney for Belanger’s family, did not return a telephone message.