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Wrongful death claims at sea must be pursued by an experienced maritime lawyer.

TRAGEDY STRIKES NEW ENGLAND FISHING COMMUNITY

  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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What are the Three Factors that Cause 80 Percent of Deaths at Sea?

Here’s the good news. The overall number of commercial fishing fatalities has declined by 34 percent during the time between 2000 and 2014. So, what’s the bad news? Well, fishermen are still dying at sea. In 2014 alone, 29 fishermen died while working at sea. Granted, this is a huge decrease compared to the 42 fishermen who lost their lives in 2013. Likely, the decrease is caused by improved safety practices. However, when it comes to saving the lives of workers at sea, there is always room for improvement. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) studied the figures of deaths in the commercial fishing industry during 2010 to 2014. It found that out of 188 deaths, 43 percent resulted from a vessel disaster and 57 percent resulted from crewmembers fall overboard. More specifically, it seems commercial fishing fatalities are occurring due to flooding, stability and man overboard….
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Three Companies Charged for Lives Lost in 2012 Oil Rig Explosion

In November 2012, an oil production platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in an oil spill, the injury of nine workers as well as the death of three workers. Late last year, the three companies responsible for the West Delta 32 platform explosion were finally faced with criminal charges. How Did the West Delta 32 Platform Explode? Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) standards and other federal regulations are in place for oil production platforms, in part due to the welding procedures that cause sparks and heat. This type of “hot work,” as it is sometimes called, can cause explosions if proper safety procedures are not applied. Purging or isolating hydrocarbons in pipes or tanks, for example, must be performed before hot work. Additionally, gas detectors and devices must be used to prevent flammable gas from traveling through the pipes. Both of these federally mandated safety procedures were…
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