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Florida Waterways Most Prone to Boating Accidents

July 31, 2015

According to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Florida ranks first in the nation for boating accident deaths. Given the characteristics of the Sunshine State, this statistic may not be all that shocking. Florida has the longest coastline of any state and is home to over 2,000 marinas. The state also has the largest number of boats registered in the country, with nearly one million registered vessels. Boating is a $10 billion industry, yet many argue that Florida’s boating laws and regulations are not keeping up with the high number of boaters and accidents in the state. Understanding boating accident... Read Article

6-Year-Old Dies in Vancouver Boating Accident

July 29, 2015

Just days after two Florida teens went missing at sea after their boat capsized, another boating accident has claimed the life of a child. According to news reports, a 6-year-old girl was found dead and her father is still missing following a boat accident by Gambier Island near Vancouver. The Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) initially launched a search over the weekend after an empty vessel was found drifting in the open waters near Anvil Island on Sunday night. A few hours into the search, the Coast Guard located the body of the young girl near Brigade... Read Article

Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas Ship Catches Fire

July 23, 2015

A fire has been reported aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship. According to news reports, one of the vessel’s engines caught fire on Wednesday morning as the ship was sailing into the port of Falmouth, Jamaica. RCCL officials explained that the fire was extinguished and that guests were called to assemble at their designated muster stations with their life jackets on as a safety precaution. Unfortunately, one crew member suffered a first-degree burn as a result of the fire. Luckily, no other injuries were reported. But one question still remains unanswered: what exactly caused the fire to... Read Article

Celebrity Cruises Appoints First U.S. Female Cruise Captain

July 17, 2015

Celebrity Cruises made maritime history this week when it announced the appointment of Kate McCue as the master of Celebrity Summit, the cruise industry’s first American female captain. The 37-year-old and 15-year veteran of Celebrity’s sister line, Royal Caribbean, will take the helm of the 91,000-ton ship in August. Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD certainly has a penchant for breaking records. The news of McCue’s appointment comes just seven months after Celebrity named its first female president and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, and eight years after Royal Caribbean appointed the industry’s first ever female cruise ship captain, Swedish mariner Karin Stahre-Janson, as... Read Article

Search Ends for Missing Holland America Passenger

July 15, 2015

The search has ended for a missing Holland America cruise ship passenger that reportedly disappeared from the Statendam vessel during an Alaska sailing. The victim, a 64-year-old male passenger, was reportedly on board the vessel on Sunday night, when the Statendam ship left the port of Victoria, British Columbia, but was not accounted for on Monday morning, when the ship docked in Seattle. That same day, Holland America explained in a statement that it had notified Coast Guard officials and the FBI of the passenger’s disappearance, and a search began for the missing passenger. Sadly, it didn’t take long for... Read Article

Carnival Gets Government Approval for Cuba Sailings: What This Means for Passenger Safety

July 14, 2015

Now that the U.S. has formally resumed diplomatic relations with Cuba, it’s only natural that cruise lines will want to capitalize on sailings to the Caribbean nation – especially the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation. Carnival was recently granted approval by both the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce to commence sailings to Cuba, and is poised to make history as the first American cruise company to visit the island since the 1960 trade embargo was initiated. Carnival certainly hasn’t wasted any time in scheduling future itineraries, and plans to feature Cuba as a... Read Article

Holland America Safety Protocols Questioned Following Cruise Passenger Disappearance

July 13, 2015

Just weeks after eight Holland America cruise passengers and a pilot were killed in a floatplane shore excursion accident in Alaska, Holland America is in the news again. This time, it’s due to a passenger being reported missing. While the circumstances surrounding these two tragedies vary greatly, both incidents make our cruise ship accident lawyers question whether Holland America is taking the safety of its passengers as seriously as it should. According to Holland America, a 64-year-old man who was sailing aboard the Statendam ship on an Alaska cruise was reported missing when the vessel docked in Seattle on Monday... Read Article

The Ambiguity of Jet Ski Laws

July 9, 2015

Our maritime lawyers have often discussed the importance of abiding by proper safety laws while on any kind of vessel or pleasure craft, and Jet Skis are no exception. Now that summer is here, the importance of Jet Ski safety is a top priority for all enjoying recreational water sports, as waterways are going to be much more congested. But while there are strict maritime laws regulating the use of boats, yachts, and other vessels, the rules regarding Jet Ski operation are much more ambiguous, which can lead to serious – and often fatal – accidents. Though laws vary widely... Read Article

LMAW Obtains $828,524 Verdict for Jet Ski Accident Victim

July 8, 2015

Our maritime lawyers Jason Margulies and Michael Winkleman have obtained an $828,524 verdict in favor of plaintiff Karen Kohnke, who was seriously injured in a Jet Ski accident March 1, 2012 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a two-day bench trial before the Honorable Judge Robert N. Scola of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the judge made the following findings of fact. Kohnke was operating a Jet Ski owned by Tamer and Farideh Gozleveli at the time of the accident. The court found that the PWC owners’ son, Aydin Gozleveli, negligently... Read Article

5-Year-Old Killed in 4th of July Boating Accident

July 6, 2015

Many people choose to celebrate the Fourth of July out on the water. Some people choose to enjoy a relaxing sail aboard their boat, others choose to fish, and some prefer to go for a swim. Unfortunately, Independence Day can also be one of the most dangerous days for those out at sea. According to the US Coast Guard’s 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics report, more boating accidents take place during the month of July than any other month. The report showed that a total of 961 boating accidents took place in July, 2014 – 110 of which were fatal accidents.... Read Article

4 Tips to Avoid a Boating Accident This 4th of July

July 3, 2015

Independence Day is only a few hours away, and while this is one of our nation’s most memorable holidays, it can also be one of the most dangerous for those enjoying activities in the water. Whether you have plans to go out on a boat, jet ski, parasail, or swim this 4th of July, it’s important to remember that waterways are likely to be very crowded, and anyone enjoying maritime activities is at a much greater risk of suffering an accident. That being said, our lawyers have four tips that can help you and your loved ones avoid serious boating... Read Article

How to Help a Drowning Victim

July 2, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ten people die every day in drowning accidents. In fact, among the list of unintentional death causes, drowning is the fifth top reason for fatalities. Drowning accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, even in crowded areas. And unfortunately, lifeguards aren’t always around to tend to emergencies. But while assistance from a trained lifeguard or paramedic is always preferred, that doesn’t mean a regular civilian can’t help during an emergency. If you happen to notice that someone appears to be drowning in a pool or open waters, or following a recreational... Read Article

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