Baby boomers and pop culture enthusiasts will no doubt remember many a Saturday night watching the hi-jinks on the popular show television show, The Love Boat.
Imagine boarding a cruise ship as you prepare to enjoy a long vacation. The wonder of the vessel and being out on the high seas fills you with excitement. You've been waiting for this trip to come around for a long time, and now that it's finally here, you don't think anything could derail this moment. But shortly after the cruise ship sets sail, an incident does exactly that -- the trip is derailed.
We want to discuss the term "unseaworthy" today. It is an important concept, and one that can allow those with legal standing to file an admiralty and maritime claim against those who may have been negligent in letting a boat or ship go out to sea. The case that is relevant in this regard is the sinking of the El Faro.
A boat accident in Indiana shows why practicing good boating behavior and being responsible out on the water is essential to having a fun time out on the water and keeping everyone safe. The accident occurred on a lake where a 20-year-old was piloting a recreational boat. The young man was intoxicated, and in his altered state of mind he made a poor decision: he entered a turn at a high speed.
The blue waters of the gulf, coupled with the white sandy beaches, bring millions of tourists to the Gulf Coast every year. While there are a lot of great recreational activities to enjoy in this part of the country, there's always the risk of accident that we all need to be aware of.
While the following story did not occur here in Florida, it still exemplifies the stunning dangers that people who work in shipyards face on a daily basis. Today's story comes from Philadelphia, where a person was killed by falling cargo containers at a shipyard.
"I liken it to car crashes because, in my view after 25 years as an officer, inattention is probably a causal factor in the overwhelming majority of car crashes," says a former police officer who suffered head and neck injuries in a 2005 boating accident.