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February 2017 Archives

Last gasp transmission leads to rescue after boat sinks

About a month ago we wrote a post about college fishing teammates for the University of Florida surviving a scary-looking recreational boat accident after a mechanical failure tossed them into the water. Today, we have another recreational boating accident that occurred in Florida that ended happily. This story involves a boating accident that occurred off the shore of Naples, Florida.

Medical bills, rehab significant costs after shipyard accidents

In our last post, we talked about a cruise ship that drifted while at port. As a result of the unfortunate drifting, it collided with another ship. Thankfully, nothing serious appeared to happen, and both ships were cleared to leave port later that day. However, this is just one of myriad possibilities that exemplify the dangers that are present at ports, piers, docks and shipyards all across the country and, really, all around the world.

Cruise ship drifts in port, collides with other ship

While the following story didn't occur here in the United States, it did involve an American-owned cruise ship. The "Seabourn Encore" drifted into a cement carrier in the Port of Timaru in New Zealand recently. The source story is light on details, so it is unclear if the cruise ship was in operation at the time or if it was docked and simply drifted on its own. What is known, though, is that the cruise ship collided with another.

Compensation is needed in the wake of maritime accidents

The Jones Act may not receive a lot of acclaim from the general public, but it is a crucial piece of legislation that seamen, shipyard workers, crew members on ships and many other maritime workers respect and uphold. The Jones Act protects workers at sea from dangerous working conditions and any injuries that they may suffer on the job as a result of a vessel's dangers or an employer's negligence.

Mechanical failure tosses college fishing teammates out of vessel

Incredible video has surfaced of two members of the University of Florida bass fishing team being flung from their vessel at roughly 60 miles per hour due to a mechanical failure in the boat. While traveling at these fast speeds in a straight line, the boat suddenly experienced a steering part failure, and you can see the operator of the boat struggle to control the boat and keep it going in that straight line. Soon after wobbling off its course, the boat spins out and sharply tosses the two riders into the water. Thankfully, both the individuals who were flung from the boat were okay.

Why Driving a Jet Ski is Not Like Riding a Bike

All along the Gulf Coast, people enjoy riding personal watercraft, which most people refer to as jet skis. Their relative affordability, ease of use and low maintenance costs have made jet skis popular among watercraft enthusiasts.

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