Maritime News & Info

Multiple people were injured last week when a tour boat and pontoon boat collided on the Colorado river in Arizona. Witnesses say the pontoon boat, carrying three people, t-boned the side of the tour boat, which carried more than 30 passengers on board.

A woman on board the pontoon boat was struck in the head in the midst of the collision. First responders found her breathing very shallowly and was both unconscious and unresponsive. She is said to have suffered a serious head injury. The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment, but no updates have been given about her condition. She was eventually flown to a Las Vegas hospital for further treatment.

Others on board the tour boat were also injured, but no official count of just how many people were harmed in the incident has been given. We send our best wishes out to all those injured in the crash.

When folks go on tour boats like the one in this collision, they don’t expect to put their lives at risk. Though some companies have tourists sign waivers explaining the risks of boarding such a boat, few people read through such forms and even fewer understand fully what they are agreeing to.

While it’s fun to take risks and enjoy tour boats like the one in this accident, there is always some danger in boating. If you and your loved ones board a boat for a tour, it’s important to wear a life jacket and to pay attention to all safety warnings given.

Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

A sailing student was killed in a boating accident in New York this month when he was struck by a boat’s propeller. The Tuesday, July 18, 2017 accident occurred off the coast of Long Island during a sailing lesson with three students. A boat was being intentionally capsized as part of their lesson. Two of the three students were able to remain in the capsized boat during the exercise, but a third ended up in the water.

The instructor pulled the boy out of the water and into his own inflatable Zodiac boat, but the 12-year-old fell out. He was struck by the Zodiac’s propellor. The instructor pulled the boy out of the water again and performed CPR on him until emergency workers arrived on scene. The boy was transported to a local hospital where we was declared dead.

Tragically, this is the second such fatal accident involving children and boat propellors this month. A girl in New Hampshire was recently killed when she was run over by her father’s power boat.

We send our condolences to the family of the boy. A beautiful summer’s day on the water should never have ended this way. We have to wonder about the safety procedures in place for these kinds of sailing classes. There has been no word about whether or not the child was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. One would hope that even the strongest of swimmers would wear a life jacket while in a sailing class like this one.

Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

10 people are lucky to be alive after a boating accident on Lake Gage in Indiana. The accident occurred just after 7 PM the night of July 15, 2017. Police received a call indicating that a drunken boater had lost control of his vessel. 10 people were thrown from the boat, including the driver. With injured victims still in the water and a speeding boat still unmanned on the busy lake, police headed to the water.

Once there, emergency personnel were able to rescue the victims in the water. Two of the ten were seriously injured, with skull fractures and lower arm amputations. They were treated on board the vessels of Good Samaritans before being taken to the hospital. The eight others thrown overboard were also treated and hospitalized for less serious injuries.

Meanwhile, back at the lake, a mission to stop the escaped vessel was on. A Conservation Officer launched a boat and managed to throw a rope and entangle the escaped vessel’s propeller. It struck a dock and then struck the boat that the Conservation Officer was driving.

Eventually, the rope slowed the escaped boat and the officer was able to jump on board while his boat was in motion right next to it. He took control and stopped the escaped vessel.

This man is truly a hero! We commend him for his bravery and quick thinking. We also send our best wishes to the victims still healing in the hospital. The person drunkenly driving the boat has been arrested on charges of boating while intoxicated causing injury and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

A crew member of a New York tugboat is recovering from losing his arm. That’s the news out of New York City, where the tugboat Mister T  was helping to move another vessel. First responders say they received a call around 9:00 PM the night of April 13, 2017. A 27-year-old crew member was adjusting a line when his arm was caught. When the tugboat moved, his arm was severed.

Harbor Unit officers responded to the call and applied a tourniquet to the man to stop the bleeding. Unfortunately, the arm fell into the water during the accident and could not be recovered. The injured  crew member is recovering in the hospital.

Line handling accidents like this one account for many serious injuries each year. In fact, they’re the second leading cause of significant injuries in the towing industry. Only falls account for more serious accidents and injuries.

Crew aboard a tugboat face a number of work hazards. Heavy equipment, slippery decks and constantly changing weather conditions can spell disaster for even the most careful of crew members. The workers must place a tremendous amount of trust in their employers that a safe work environment will be provided. Though common sense is required of such crew members, employers hold a big responsibility in fostering a safe place to work.

No one should risk their health in order to earn a living and provide for their families. We send our best wishes out to the injured crew member as he recovers.

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If you’ve been injured in an accident while working on a barge, or have lost a loved one in a barge accident, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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Slips and falls happen. But one accident in Chesapeake landed a maritime worker in the hospital.

A shipyard worker had to be rescued after a fall in Chesapeake last week. Reports say that the Chesapeake Fire Department was on site at the Elizabeth River Terminals February 15, 2017. They received a call about an employee there who had taken a spill and injured their leg. They discovered the worker had been 60 feet down from the top of the ship’s deck when he slipped and hurt himself.

A rescue basket had to be attached to a crane to rescue the injured man. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No updates have been given on his condition.

We send best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the victim. The days following an accident like this can be troubling to say the least. The victim may want to consider reach out to an experienced Virginia maritime lawyer.

Maritime workers face danger in the workplace on a near daily basis. If safety is not the first priority of the company, their employees could be seriously injured – or even killed. Because of the complicated mechanics of the average shipyard, there are untold dangers beyond the typical workplace safety hazards. A slippery, wet floor in a hotel might be dangerous for employees who might slip and fall, but a slippery floor at a shipyard could result in a fatality. That’s why OSHA keeps such a close eye on terminals and their employees.

Though there hasn’t been an official update on the injured worker’s condition, there’s a good chance this man will be unable to head back to work immediately. Following a workplace accident like this one, the victim shouldn’t be responsible for the lost income he’ll miss out on – especially if the accident was caused by the negligence of his employer.

Following a workplace accident like this one, there’s bound to be dozens of questions for the worker and their family. That’s when a Virginia maritime accident lawyer can come in.

Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. has helped victims injured in accidents for over 30 years. If you or your loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free consultation. Their is no obligation, and you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case.