Category Archives: Fishing Accidents

Fishing accidents are devastating for maritime workers and merchant seamen, who need an admiralty attorney to help with maintenance and cure.


  Another tragedy has struck the local New England fishing community with the sinking of the F/V MISTY BLUE which is based in New Bedford but owned and operated by companies from Cape May, New Jersey of Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Inc. and F/V MISTY BLUE LLC.   Currently, the USCG, local agencies and good Samaritans are searching for the two missing crew members, one who has been identified as Michael Roberts, 49, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and Jonathan Saraiva, 22.  The F/V MISTY BLUE sank Monday Evening, December 4, 2017 at approximately 6:10 pm.  The USCG received a distress call from the F/V MISTY BLUE’S EPIRB.  An EPIRB is an emergency radio beacon that indicates the fishing vessels last position.  It can be activated manually by crew members or automatically when the EPRIB hits a certain depth in the ocean. Capt. Eric Arabian, 44 and crew member Colby McMullen, 22 were rescued…
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Safety Tips to Prevent and Fight Fishing Boat Fires

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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Do Commercial Fishermen Need More Safety Training?

Last week, New Bedford hosted a pair of boating safety training events for commercial fishermen, according to South Coast Today. The training sessions took place at the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth on November 17 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and November 18 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The programs were led by certified marine safety instructors and there was no cost for commercial fishermen to attend. The events were sponsored by the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership and the Coast Guard. Types of Commercial Fishing Safety Information Covered in the New Bedford Training Sessions The training sessions each covered different topics. The November 17th event focused on safety and survival topics, including the following: Survival Suits Helicopter Hoist-and-Rescue Procedures On-Board Firefighting Emergency Aid Man-Overboard Procedures Flares and Emergency Positioning Devices Flooding and Pump Operations Life Raft Equipment The other event concentrated on drill conductor training,…
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