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Was the Tugboat Accident Near the Tappan Zee Bridge Avoidable?

In previous blogs, we wrote about the tragedy near the Tappan Zee Bridge that claimed the lives of three workers. Three tugboats were pushing a barge across the Hudson River when one of the tugs hit a construction barge and sank with three crewmembers still trapped inside. It took months to recover all three bodies. As the local police have continued investigating the incident, new details have come to light that indicate this tugboat accident might have been avoided. Police have discovered that a captain of one of the other two tugboats that did not crash into the construction barge was possibly below deck with a woman. One of the three captains covered for the distracted captain and left his mate-in-charge at the helm. The Tappan Zee Bridge fatal tugboat accident happened on the mate-in-charge’s watch. If one of the captains had not been otherwise distracted while on duty, it’s…
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What Caused This Fatal Barge Accident?

Last month, a 5-year-old boy and his father were on a frogging trip on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway when a towing barge got too close to their boat. The boy and his father jumped overboard to avoid the barge accident. The father resurfaced, but the boy was later found dead underneath the barge. What are the Common Causes of Barge Accidents? Typically, towing barges play a special role in transporting goods across the sea or down rivers. Many are approximately 200 feet long and are strong enough to push up to 50 large barges connected together. That said, collisions with recreational boats can have fatal consequences. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 937 boating accidents involving recreational boats and larger commercial vessels in 2014. Approximately 40 people died and at least 652 were reportedly injured. Due to the fact smaller boats and large vessels share the same waterways,…
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Company That Owns a Vessel Involved in the Hudson River Tugboat Accident Filed for Limitation of Liability

In a previous blog, we described how three workers lost their lives in a tragic tugboat accident on the Hudson River. The tugboat was pushing a barge across the river when it smashed into a construction barge. According to the report, the crew made communications saying they were too close to the barge, but at that point, it was too late. The tugboat sank and it took months to recover the third body. Weeks Marine, the company that owns that tugboat, filed for limited liability in the tugboat accident. Last month, a federal judge agreed to cap the damages payable to the families of the victims at $1.5 million. The families have until June 21st to file claims. What is Limitation of Liability? The Limitation of Liability Act is a 19th century law that has over time become a way for vessel companies to reduce the amount of compensation payable…
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