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Are Recreational Boating Fatalities Decreasing?

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

The U.S. Coast Guard has some good news for summer boaters. According to the 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics report, the number of boating fatalities nationwide is 626, which is the third-lowest number on record. The report goes on to say the number of injuries caused by recreational boating accident injuries have decreased from 2,678 reported accidents to 2,613— a 2.4 percent decrease from the previous year. However, alcohol was still the leading factor is fatal boating accidents and caused 17 percent of all deaths occurring on recreational boats. Operator inattention, inexperience, machine malfunction and speeding are the other primary factors in boating accidents. How to Stay Safe While Boating Now that summer has arrived, it’s time to get out on the water. Whether it’s taking your family out for the day or taking a fishing boat out, it is important to understand how to keep yourself and your passengers safe…
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Why is This Deckhand Suing a Marine Towing Company?

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Recently, Latti & Anderson LLP resolved a case against a tug company and its owner where the crew member was on deck, helping feed out the line from the line box when the next thing the crew member heard was a loud pop and he was thrown numerous feet back on the stern on the tug.    The crew member sustained disabling injuries where he was unable to work for over a year and a half.  The Plaintiff was able to return back to work; however, the issue arose whether in 10-15 years due to his injuries he would be able to continue marine employment. A lawsuit was brought against the owner and operator of the tug for failing to provide a safe place to work and an unseaworthy vessel.  Specifically, a line that parts is a classic example of a piece of equipment that is not fit for its intended purpose and is unseaworthy.  Negligence focused on the…
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Happy National Maritime Day From the Team at Latti & Anderson LLP

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

May 22nd marks a very important day for the United States maritime industry. This day is meant to recognize one of the most vital industries. Each year, the maritime industry provides security, transports goods, creates recreational activities and, of course, brings jobs to our country. National Maritime Day is a day to take pause and honor the seafarers that have always held a special place in our country’s history. Why Do We Celebrate National Maritime Day on May 22? On May 22, 1819, the Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia as America’s first transoceanic voyage to ever take place with steam propulsion. Though Congress declared May 22nd as National Maritime Day in 1933, a few years later, World War II would claim more than 6,700 American Merchant Marine lives. Hundreds more would be captured and detained as prisoners of war and approximately 800 ships were sunk or damaged during this…
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Can This New Safety Manual Help Members of the Commercial Fishing Industry?

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

Last week, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center hosted Fishing Partnership Support Services and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership to commemorate a historic publication of a manual dedicated to the fishing community, first responders and families of fishermen.  The new safety manual, called “Responding to Emergencies at Sea and to Communities Under Extreme Stress – RESCUES,” was created for the following reasons: To provide information that can help fishermen prepare for a crisis What to do during a crisis or emergency Safe practices Lessons learned from experts in the industry Information on supporting families of fishermen after a crisis RESCUES uses a wealth of information from Coast Guard representatives, experienced fishermen, fishing families, support services, clergy, government officials, community representatives, safety trainers and legal maritime representatives. RESCUES May Help Save Lives The manual was created in hopes that when a crisis occurs at sea, others can consult the RESCUE manual and…
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