One man died in a recreational boat collision on December 8, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean about a mile and a half south of Long Branch, New Jersey. The Princeton Patch reported that 31-year-old Eric Kim died after his 18-foot pleasure craft was struck by the NO SURRENDER, a 36-foot pleasure craft piloted by 44-year-old Thomas Oloughlin. The 34-year old driver, Soo Lee, suffered cuts and was reportedly in shock immediately after the boating accident, but was not seriously injured. New Jersey State Police did not release the names of the passengers aboard the NO SURRENDER, but told Patch that neither its pilot nor the passengers sustained any injuries.
Passengers of the NO SURRENDER brought both of the injured men from the 18 foot-long craft onto the other boat. Patch reported that the NO SURRENDER headed into the Shark River, where they were escorted to a United States Coast Guard Station by crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from the station. Petty Officer Brandyn Hill of the United States Coast Guard’s 5th District Public Affairs Office told Patch that the cause of the accident is under investigation.
Recreational boating accidents occur on a variety of vessels and cause several types of injuries. Latti & Anderson LLP also understands that there are many different causes of these accidents, but our firm has more than a half-century of experience investigating and obtaining compensation for people hurt or killed on recreational boats. In the above case, there are certain Rules of the Road regarding navigation and in this case, the investigation will focus on who has the right of way and/or who had time to avoid the accident. Many times collisions may be the result of inexperienced operators or operators not paying attention.
We have secured multi-milion dollar verdicts and settlements for clients, including a $440,000 settlement for a man who sustained a fracture of the spine in a pleasure boat accident. In this case, the operator/helmsman of the vessel was operating to fast in rough conditions and did not take the proper safety precautions to limit injury to the passengers on the vessel.
You can find more information about how we help injured passengers in maritime accidents on our website. If you or a loved one has sustained catastrophic injuries in a recreational boating accident, complete the form on this page to let our Boston maritime attorneys review your case or contact our firm today at (800) 392-6072 to set up an appointment.
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