Last December, the ro-ro ferry Island Transporter reportedly battled through rough weather off the Maine coast as it was transporting construction equipment, including a cement and boom truck, which eventually overturned on the vessel.
According to Professional Mariner, a boom truck on the ferry slid forward about 15 minutes into the voyage, eventually tipping over with a person inside its cab. Luckily, the truck’s boom anchored the vehicle against the ferry’s wall, preventing it from falling into the Atlantic Ocean. The incident occurred shortly after a cement truck also overturned on the vessel.
The incidents reportedly occurred on December 11, as the ferry was traveling between Rockland and North Haven, Maine, at about 9:30 a.m. At the time of the incident, three passengers and two crewmembers were aboard the vessel. The cement truck driver reportedly suffered an arm injury during the incident.
Unfortunately, none of the construction vehicles were tied down, and there was a small craft warning in effect at the time of the incident. The U.S. Coast Guard, which is investigating the incident, reported that there were 25-knot winds and 6-foot seas when the accident occurred.
A crane had to be used to straighten the vehicles as the ferry approached its destination. Both trucks were badly damaged in the incident.
An Attorney Can Help You After a Ferry Accident
As this story shows, ferries that transport vehicles can be involved in maritime accidents. Ferry accidents often lead to injuries, especially if they are transporting equipment or vehicles, as objects aboard vessels can slide around, causing hazards for passengers. If you have been injured in a ferry accident, contact a maritime attorney to discuss your legal rights.
In the video above, David Anderson explains the importance of obtaining legal counsel following a maritime injury incident. You may be entitled to damages, which can help you pay for items like rehabilitation and therapy.
You should not have to suffer because a vessel operator decided to battle through rough seas.
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