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Crews Rescued Following Multi-Vessel Dredging Accident

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

In the middle of any kind of major accident or disaster, the most important thing is to save as many lives and prevent as many injuries as possible. However, in the wake of such an event, the focus often shifts to helping victims put their lives back together, figuring out what caused the incident and finding a way to prevent others from suffering a similar fate. According to Professional Mariner, a recent incident that left a towboat and dredging vessel capsized may be well on its way to following the above-mentioned pattern. Reportedly, the incident, which took place just outside of Mobile, Alabama, resulted in both vessels sinking and left their crews in need of rescue. Prior to the boats capsizing, they were two of three vessels dredging the Mobile Ship Channel. The 26-foot dredging boat and 52-foot towboat were north of Gaillard Island when they capsized. The third towboat…
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Could My Car Fall Off a Ferry Dock?

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website, the auto capacity of the state’s Olympic Class ferries is 144 vehicles. In a tragic incident, ferry service in Southworth, Washington had to be halted recently after a fatal accident involving an SUV driving off a ferry dock. The accident took place on a Friday around 6:00 p.m., according to KOMO-TV. Leading up to the incident, the 60-year-old driver of the SUV was reportedly driving along the Southworth Ferry Dock at around 30 to 35 miles per hour. According to witnesses, as the SUV was traveling along the dock, it crashed through a barricade and drove off the dock and into the water. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Seattle Fire Department were called to the scene. Rescue divers were deployed soon after. They were able to reach the SUV, which was 40 to 50 feet underwater,…
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Is 90 Too Old to Operate a Boat?

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

While we are often quick to take the car keys away from elderly drivers, what about the keys to the boat? The factors that can cause seniors to be a danger to those on the road also apply to their fellow boaters. According to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the risks that elderly drivers pose to their fellow motorists and boat operators often stem from poor health or age-related changes. Age-related changes can include diminished vision, slowed reaction time and muscular deterioration. According to WITN-TV, a recent recreational boating accident in Craven County, North Carolina involved a vessel operated by a 90-year-old man. The wreck happened on Trent River near marker 9 at about 2:30 p.m. on a Saturday. The 90-year-old operator’s pleasure boat reportedly crashed into a tour boat for yet to be determined reasons. The tourist craft involved in the wreck belongs to TugBoat Cruises, a sightseeing…
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