A 22-year-old man is dead and his same aged female companion was critically injured in a boat crash in Tampa late in the afternoon on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Operating a personal watercraft on the waterways of Gulf Breeze can be exciting and scary at the same time. As safe as you might be when operating the watercraft, there is always the possibility that someone around you is not following the rules of the water. Here are some boating safety tips for all experience levels.
Sea-Doos and jet skis are the go-to personal watercraft of many looking to cool down on a hot Florida day. The thrill that someone gets from riding one of these is not all that different from what a motorcyclist feels when he or she takes to an open highway. Jet ski operators enjoy the feeling moving fast on the top of the waves, being sprayed by salt water and having the wind blowing around them.
Off the coast of Florida, you aren't going to find the cast of "Deadliest Catch" or similar crab fisherman on large vessels. The grueling work depicted in that show -- where groups of fishermen brave frigid temperatures, battering waves, and other incredibly dangerous conditions -- is not a common sight off the coast of Florida. However, we aren't trying to dismiss the difficult work that commercial fisherman perform around Florida.
The area of admiralty and maritime law has many different aspects to it, but today we want to focus on three distinct matters that apply to this umbrella of the law:
Out on the open sea, there are so many potential issues that can arise that lead to bodily harm, serious injuries, or even fatal circumstances. These incidents could happen aboard a cruise ship, or because a recreational boat captain was negligent, or because two vessels collide in an unfortunate accident. There could also be cases where employees are improperly treated during the course of their work, or innocent passengers are assaulted while taking a trip.
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.
The Florida Fishing and Wildlife Conservation Commission has data on boating accidents all across the state of Florida, and its 2015 data is very interesting. It shows a stabilizing trend in the number of boating accidents -- but there are some very interesting statistics in the report.
At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, we have over 40 years of experience with admiralty and maritime legal matters. Given the complexity of admiralty and maritime legal matters, it can only benefit someone entangled in such a predicament to turn to a knowledgeable and experienced advocate of their rights. And at The Law Offices of John W. Merting, we want to help people with their many different admiralty and maritime issues.
As Pensacola residents are aware, the Pensacola Bay Bridge was built in 1960 and deemed structurally inefficient recently by engineers. After a long development and negotiation process, the new Pensacola Bay Bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The $400 million bridge will have two three-lane sections for northbound and southbound travel, as well as paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.