Boating accidents are extremely common and happen all around the world on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the vast majority are preventable, being caused by someone’s negligence or wrongdoing. Injuries and fatalities onboard pleasure crafts are often the result of speeding, pilot inexperience, distraction, or boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs as opposed to acts of God or other unavoidable reasons.
One recent incident has shocked the international community, after a 35-year-old Dubai journalist was killed in a boat collision while on a press trip.
The accident took place on February 8, when Rebecca Davidson, a 35-year-old New Zealand native, was killed when the small ferry boat she was riding in collided with another vessel in the Seychelles, an island country in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar, Africa.
According to The National, a Middle Eastern news source, Davidson, who was the head of programming and news at the talk radio station, Dubai Eye 103.8, died following the 9:30 p.m. collision in the waters between the main island of Mahe and Sainte Anne Island. She was rushed to Seychelles Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Her colleague, Lucy Taylor, was injured, but authorities say she is in stable condition.
A total of five visitors and staff members of the island resort where onboard the ferry when the collision took place. The other vessel had been coming from Cerf Island en route to Mahe and only the skipper was onboard. Three other passengers, whose names have not yet been released, were also injured and transported to an area hospital.
Steve Smith, chief operating officer at Arabian Radio Network (ARN), the company that owns Dubai Eye, said the two journalists were on a routine press trip when the tragedy took place and told The National that Davidson’s death was “terrible news.”
“Rebecca was a wonderful individual who was full of life, admired hugely by her colleagues and well loved by all who knew her. Rebecca was on a press trip to the Seychelles to gather stories for the station in her own unique and innovative style,” said the ARN in a statement.
The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Transport announced that the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration, along with local police, will be investigating the incident to determine the official cause and the appropriate action – if any – that will then be taken. Joel Morgan, the Minister for Home Affairs, Environment and Transport, said authorities are working diligently to determine the cause of the crash.
“The safety of passengers using ferries between the islands is of paramount importance… And such accidents are rare,” he added.
It has yet to be determined whether the ferry boat operator or the other vessel’s skipper were to blame for the accident and if any wrongdoing took place.
Unfortunately, maritime tragedies such as this accident happen more often than anyone can imagine. Whether commercial or recreational, watercrafts such as ferries, motor boats and even sail boats can be dangerous if not operated properly.
Anyone who has been hurt or lost someone they love at sea should turn to a boating accident attorney for assistance evaluating whether to file a case. At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., our lawyers have protected the rights of boating collision victims since 1971 and work diligently to recover damages for those who have been wronged by another’s negligence.
Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation if you or someone you know was injured or killed in a boating accident so we can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
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