Maritime accidents can take place at any time, usually when least expected. Accidents that take place out at sea, whether the incident involved a cruise ship, cargo vessel or personal watercraft, often result in serious – if not fatal – injuries, which is why it is imperative that all mariners, boaters and cruise ship passengers are aware of their rights.
Each maritime accident lawyer at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. has seen many different incidents take place, ranging from accidents involving unfavorable weather conditions, those caused by intoxicated pilots, accidents resulting from equipment failure, and incidents caused by pilot inexperience – to name a few. Whenever any maritime accident takes place, victims and their loved ones have a right to turn to an attorney to make sure their rights are protected.
Oftentimes, experienced attorneys, like those of our firm, can secure compensation for victims for their pain and suffering, including money damages, medical care and even property damage reimbursement. The sooner victims and their loved ones contact a legal professional for assistance with filing a case, the better the chance that the case will resolve favorably.
However, Lipcon’s attorneys can agree that among the worst maritime tragedies, some of the most difficult to deal with involve disappearances. Whether the victim goes missing from a cruise ship or a motorboat, it can be devastating for surviving loved ones to wait and see what will happen. Sometimes victims survive, but other times, their bodies are never discovered.
Our maritime accident lawyers wish all the best to the family of a recent tragedy at sea, in which two children and an adult went missing following a boating accident on Wednesday.
Rescuers in Polk County, Tennessee have been searching for the victims but have so far been unsuccessful. The accident took place on Conasauga Creek, near the town of Delano. According to emergency crew in Chattanooga, five people were out in the waters when the accident happened. They are unsure what kind of vessel the victims were on, but believe it was either a pontoon boat or a canoe.
Two children who were onboard the boat were rescued, but the other two and the adult who was with them remain unaccounted for.
It’s not clear what led to this terrible maritime tragedy, but investigators are working diligently to uncover more information on the matter. What authorities do know is that the boat overturned in the Hiwassee River where the Hiwassee meets the Conasauga Creek, and that the children are said to be under 10 years of age. Authorities did not mention whether there were life jackets onboard the watercraft.
Tragedies like this remind us how important it is to prepare for possible disasters out on the waters. It is crucial that all boaters bring life jackets with them when they go out to sea. Life jackets can exponentially increase a victim’s chances of survival, especially when the victims are young children.
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