After Falling From Skiff, Tugboat Crewman Goes Missing

After Falling From Skiff, Tugboat Crewman Goes Missing

While being carried to his tugboat on a skiff, a crewmember fell overboard and went missing, according to Professional Mariner.

The 28-year-old crewman fell shortly before midnight on October 6 as a skiff was taking him to a small boat launch near Anchorage, Alaska, where his tugboat was anchored.

“My understanding was that he was transferring from shore to the tug so he could begin work or return to work and get underway with [the crew],” said US Coast Guard spokesman Shawn Eggert. “I believe there was one operator who was driving the skiff, just the two of them on board.”

After the man fell overboard, he was reportedly swept away by the swift tidal current. The Coast Guard conducted a 10 square mile air and sea search of the area, but failed to locate the man, who has been presumed dead.

Who Do I Call If My Husband Fell Overboard While Working On the Water?

Falling overboard while working on the water is a painful and horrific experience that often ends with a life-altering injury or even death. To say losing someone in this manner is devastating would be an understatement; however, when someone you love is taken from you like this, you deserve to see those responsible brought to justice, and your family should not have to struggle financially because of it. Many qualified and experienced admiralty lawyers will talk with you for free about your situation and advise you on your rights under the Jones Act and other maritime laws as well as the best way for you to proceed.

Latti & Anderson’s Little Extra: According to the Centers for Disease Control, nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage.

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