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Tugboat Captain Killed by Falling Crane

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

Even experienced boat operators can fall victim to tragic accidents. But when those accidents could have been avoided by following safety guidelines, it is even more tragic. If tugboat owners and operators fail to follow adequate safety measures, they are putting their lives, as well as the lives of their crews, at serious risk. A 46-year-old tugboat captain was tragically killed in Louisiana earlier this month following an unusual accident in which a crane fell on his tugboat as he steered under a bridge. The tugboat pushed a barge which was carrying a massive crane. The tug’s captain requested that the Florida Avenue Bridge be raised so he could pass underneath. As the tug and barge passed below the open drawbridge, the crane came into contact with the bridge and toppled over onto the tugboat’s wheelhouse, crushing it and trapping the captain inside. Crews in the area assisted in getting…
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Section of Ohio River Closes After Oil Spill

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

Another tragic oil spill has occurred on an American waterway, causing untold ecological damage and risking the lives of the workers who must now struggle to control the oil before it can seep into the area’s drinking water. Duke Energy admitted that it spilled almost 5,000 gallons of diesel into the Ohio River near Cincinnati earlier this month. Ohio and Kentucky officials, along with the Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency closed a 15-mile stretch of the river—from mile marker 453, where the spill occurred, to mile marker 468—to facilitate spill assessment and response operations. Duke Energy has assumed responsibility for the spill, which occurred at one of its substations. The accident happened during what should have been a routine fuel transfer, and oil flowed into the river for 15 minutes before the leak was stopped. The water quality alert system for the Ohio River was immediately activated, and…
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How Do Ferry Crews Prepare for Unforeseeable Accidents?

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

Whenever we buy a ticket for a ferry, we innately trust that the crew of that boat is prepared for any kind of emergency situation. Of course, we also assume that the crew is trained well enough that no emergencies will arise in the first place, but unexpected accidents do happen. This is why the crews train to begin with. Last month, public officials practiced what they would do when passengers are injured if a commuter ferry crashes into a dock. The drill was conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Police, firefighters and emergency crews performed a mock rescue of about 40 volunteers who were on hand to act as ferry commuters in varying states of crisis. The drill was held at a commuter boat dock as part of an emergency preparedness program, and was the first exercise involving ferries in over five years. Although uncommon, ferry accidents do…
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