Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

Man Falls from Sailboat and Drowns in Lake Ontario

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

  Time and time again, we hear reports of experienced boaters succumbing to drowning accidents. Accidents can happen to anyone at any time, and we must do our best to follow safety guidelines and train properly for any given boating situation. No one is immune to the power of the water. Last month, a 49-year-old Erie County man drowned after falling out of his sailboat on Lake Ontario. A 911 call was placed by those onshore who noticed the man in what appeared to be distress. The man was wearing a life vest when he went overboard, but it appears that unusually heavy winds from the northeast, as well as shifting currents in the lake, may have contributed to the man’s difficulties. Emergency crews found the man about 50 yards offshore, but because the waters were so violent, they were forced to swim out to retrieve him. Still breathing when…
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How Safe Are Marina Refueling Stations?

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

We all love a day out on the boat. One of the things we must attend to before heading out on the water is getting the boat properly fueled up and ready to go. Refueling a boat is not something to take lightly. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye if you are not careful. Gasoline vapors weigh more than air and can spread quickly or cause explosions. By following a few simple precautions, the likelihood of an explosion can be significantly reduced. Check for gasoline vapors. The “sniff test” is the best way to detect a fuel leak. Check your fuel system connections frequently. Engine vibrations and the pounding of rough water can loosen connections. Never overfill the tank. Keep fuel from spilling into the water during fueling. No smoking. This is just solid advice regardless of where you are. The Dangers of Ignoring Safety Precautions A…
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Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives on 9/11

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

On this day, the attorneys and staff at Latti & Anderson LLP take time to remember the passengers, workers, firefighters, officers, emergency responders and all others who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The individuals who died during these attacks are not only victims; they were somebody’s loved one. This tragedy took the lives of mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers; it took husbands, wives, friends and colleagues. We will never forget.