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14 people injured after airboat trip goes awry

A terrible boat accident on Lake Panasoffkee in Florida left 14 people with injuries. Sumter County police are working the case, as is the Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission. Unfortunately, at this time, very little is known about the cause of the accident, though initial indications point to a mechanical failure triggering the injuries to the 14 people on the airboat.

The risky business of shipyards and docks

Admiralty and maritime law covers such a wide array of potential problems, issues, and industries. It is easy to think that this only pertains to ships and vessels at sea -- but that isn't the case. One of the most important areas that admiralty and maritime law covers is shipyards and docks.

Fatal cruise ship accident in Miami being investigated

In our last couple of posts, we have talked about cruise ship accidents. Today we continue with that theme, and in an unfortunate way: a tragic cruise ship accident claimed the life of an 8-year-old girl. The fatal accident occurred in Miami after a Carnival cruise ship had finished it's voyage. The 8-year-old was on the upper level of an inner atrium on the ship, and she fell some 20 feet to a lower level. She was transported to a local hospital, but she couldn't be saved.

Port welcomes more cruise ships in a day than ever before

In our last post, we talked about a minor cruise ship accident involving a Disney vessel. The news stories that we use as sources for the topic of cruise ship accidents usually involve, obviously, an accident. However, today we want to change the discussion a little bit and focus on the potential for accidents at ports and shipyards when cruise ship season gets particularly busy -- and when ports decide to take on more vessels and people than they ever have before, thus sacrificing safety for money.

No injuries, minor damage in Disney cruise ship accident

When you hear the phrase "cruise ship accident," it is likely that you think of a massive disaster like the Costa Concordia or the Titanic. This is understandable to a degree, because these incidents grabs headlines (for obvious reasons) and they stick in our minds more than a minor accident. But the fact of the matter is that cruise ship accidents can be minor in nature -- and when these occur, it makes it perfectly clear that even experienced captains of cruise ships can make the silliest mistakes.

Boat flips on sand bar, 1 killed and 2 injured

We have written about a lot of recreational boating accidents on this blog before, and every time we do, there is the realization that it will happen again. Boating accidents are common here in Florida, and mistakes out on the water are bound to happen. Sometimes freak accidents occur too, but usually human error of some kind plays a role in a boating accident -- and these wrecks can claim lives as well as forever change the ones that survive.

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