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March 2017 Archives

Burned shipyard worker still in hospital month after incident

The source story for today's post is from Wisconsin, but it involves shipyards and the risks that are inherent to them, so it is applicable to any shipyard in the world. According to the Associated Press, a worker suffered serious burns at a shipyard on Feb. 6, and the worker was still hospitalized as of the writing of our source article (March 6). The individual was working on a vessel at the time of the burn.

Video captured of cruise ship barely missing Florida shore

Our source article today has a video shot by homeowners in Port Everglades, Florida, that shows a cruise ship barreling into the narrow channel in a bizarre fashion, and nearly coming into contact with the shore. The homeowners who shot the video thought that the massive cruise ship was going to collide with their home. Given the awkward angle at which the cruise ship approaches and given the extreme measures the operators of the ship went to in order to avoid colliding with the shorelines demonstrate that the ship's approach was quite perilous.

Recreational boat accident under investigation

A man and a woman were left with injuries, with one of them suffering what potentially could be serious injuries, after their 24-foot boat crashed into a private dock. The boat accident occurred over the weekend in Niceville, Florida, and investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are looking into the crash. At this time, there isn't a definitive cause.

What are common causes of recreational boating accidents?

Florida's sun attracts many tourists and locals to the state's waterways, which fill with personal motor boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and the like. Most people have fun on their mind when they go out to the water, but it's important to note that recreational boating accidents are a reality anytime you're on the water.

Admiralty and maritime law casts a wide net

Admiralty and maritime law is an area of law that many people may think can be easy generalized. "Oh, that's just about boats, right?" While this is technically correct, it leaves out a host of other legal issues that fall under admiralty and maritime law.

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