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January 2018 Archives

Video shows negligent boat operator plowing into smaller vessel

An incredible video that has gone viral shows the harrowing moments before a small fishing boat was crushed by a larger motorboat. The incident was captured by a GoPro camera that was attached to the smaller fishing boat. The video shows three people enjoying a day out on the water before they realize that a large, speeding boat is approaching their vessel. They wave at it to get the operator's attention, but to no avail. They jump overboard just moments before the larger boat crushed their vessel.

Many legal issues possible out at sea

Imagine all the endless possibilities that can happen with waterborne vessels and their crews. Negligence could occur on a ship; a vessel could get into an accident, either with another vessel or due to unforeseen circumstances; or a shipyard may be at fault for damage or injuries involving something, or someone, at sea. There are infinite possibilities here, and they are all governed by admiralty and maritime law.

Fire on Florida casino boat causes dramatic scene

A boat that takes passengers to and from the Florida mainland to an island offshore so that they can gamble at a casino caught fire recently, leaving 49 people in a dire situation that they thankfully escaped. The boat accident happened outside of Port Richey, FL. As it was leaving shore, the boat encountered some technical problems and the operator turned the vessel around to head back to shore.

Man tossed from boat, killed in accident

A 40-year-old man lost his life after his boat crashed against a sand bar near Hemp Key. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation is investigating the crash. The details released so far make it sound like the man was flung from his boat and then run over by the very vehicle he was once controlling. The crash occurred in the early evening, and it took emergency responders a long time to find the boat and access it due to shallow waters.

Lifeboat Incident Highlights Decommissioning Safety Issues

The recent incident on Shell UK’s offshore oil rig, the Brent Alpha, is just one indicator of the safety issues inherent in decommissioning. With no warning, a lifeboat on the rig lowered to the water during routine maintenance. The failure of the clutch securing the lifeboat to the rig did not cause any injuries but highlights the possible danger of aging rigs. The next several years will see a decommissioning boom with oceanic oil rigs.

New Year's Day boat accident injures 4 in Sarasota

The new year is only three days old, and we already have a serious recreational boating accident in Florida that left two men and two boys with injuries. The accident occurred just before noon on New Year's Day, when a speed boat crashed and capsized in Sarasota, Florida. It is believed that rough waters played a role in the accident. A small craft advisory was put in place in the afternoon on Monday, and it continued through Tuesday night.

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