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FERRY IYANOUGH CRASHES OFF OF HYANNIS

Posted on June 18, 2017 by Latti & Anderson

  On Friday night, the MV IYANOUGH, a ferry, crashed into a jetty in the entrance to Hyannis Harbor at 9:30 pm. It is reported that between six to fifteen people were injured.  On the MV IYANOUGH  were 48 passengers and six crew members as the vessel was going from Nantucket to Hyannis. The MV IYANOUGH was grounded on the rocks and several injured passengers had to be airlifted off the MY IYANOUGH. It appears that the United States Coast was able to retrieve the passengers off the ferry by 3:30 am. Dozens Rescued, 15 Injured After Hyannis Ferry Crash The focus now is what caused the MV IYANOUGH with a master and crew with over 60 years of experience crash into a marked known jetty.  The United States Coast Guard will be performing an investigation which will consist of interviewing crew members, obtaining the course recording, electronic files and determining who…
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Safety Tips to Prevent and Fight Fishing Boat Fires

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

One of the last places you want to be when a fire breaks out is confined to a boat. You could become trapped, have to abandon ship or be the victim of an explosion if the fire reaches your vessel’s fuel supply. Therefore, for anyone who spends much time on the water, whether for business or pleasure, learning how to prevent and fight boat fires is extremely important. How to Prevent a Fishing Boat Fire Sport Fishing magazine published a few tips for fighting and preventing fires on boats: Add Breakers and Fuses – Fuses and breakers add an extra layer of protection to help lower the risk of an electrical fire. These devices absorb power surges and cut circuits to prevent fires from resulting due to electrical problems. Make sure that you have breakers and fuses installed on your boat. Trust Your Nose – If something smells odd, such…
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Did Duck Boat Safety Issues Lead to the Boston Super Tours Shutdown?

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

The list of duck boat companies in Boston just got a little bit shorter. According to Boston magazine, Boston Super Tours closed its doors for good on October 30th. Boston Super Tours is the company behind Upper Deck Trolley Tours as well as Super Duck Tours, which was a competitor of Boston Duck Tours. However, unlike Boston Duck Tours, Super Duck Tours had yet to be involved in any incidents that raised questions about duck boat safety. Why Did Boston Super Tours Close? Super Duck Tours never had any major duck boat accidents, while Boston Duck Tours has had multiple incidents, including: A collision between a Boston Duck Tours boat and a scooter that claimed a 29-year-old woman’s life A Boston Duck Tours accident in Back Bay left a woman injured In addition to avoiding such safety problems, Super Duck Tours boats were more like buses than Boston Duck Tours…
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Will Refurbishing Dams and Seawalls Help Improve Boating Safety?

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

In early November, the state of Massachusetts introduced a program that will provide around $10 million in funding to refurbish seawalls and dams to improve boating safety. It is hoped that this funding will address the deterioration of coastal infrastructure that is critical to the safety of the region. Much of the funding, around $7.7 million, will go to protection projects for Plymouth, Salem, Marshfield, Yarmouth, Quincy and Scituate. Another $2.91 million will be used for safety upgrades for The Nature Conservancy, Attleboro, the Kestrel Land Trust, Holbrook, Fall River, the Sherwood Forest Lake District, Gardner, Westfield, Gloucester, Weymouth and the Jones River Watershed Association. The refurbishing projects will focus on engineering and construction necessary to repair seven dams, remove five dams and complete eight reconstruction projects designed to improve coastal protection throughout the area. How Will Updating Dams and Seawalls Improve Boating Safety? The following is a list of…
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