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July 2010 Archives

Court Rules Statements In Crewman's Accident Report Not Admission of No Fault

A Court has denied the motion of a vessel owner, Atlantic Soundings, to dismiss a deckhand's Jones Act negligence claims. The case involves a hand injury suffered by a deckhand who was tying the vessel to a pontoon when his hand became caught in the bite of the line.

Seattle Fishing Vessel Aground in Prince William Sound

A Seattle-based fishing vessel with a crew of seven on board has gone aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The 100-foot long CAPE CROSS went aground early Monday in Marine Bay. The vessel initially listed to 30 degrees, but subsequently rolled completely on its side. The Coast Guard and salvage crews are working to repair and refloat the vessel. Divers will attempt to place a temporary patch in the side of the damaged vessel. Oil booms have been placed around the vessel to attempt to prevent environmental damage. There were no reported injuries in the accident. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Coast Guard, whose spokesman stated: We were lucky in these cases that there were no reported injuries. Mariners are responsible for knowing where they are navigating at all times. We encourage all mariners to practice safe boating techniques, including using maritime charts and navigation equipment and to maintain an alert watch to ensure safe navigation in Alaska's diverse waterways.

Alaska Fishermen's Fund Benefits Increased to $10,000

The State of Alaska has amended the Alaska Fishermen's Fund to increase benefits to up to $10,000 for crewmen injured on shore or in Alaska State Waters. The previous limit on benefits had been $2,500. The Alaska Fishermen's Fund is funded through Alaska crewmen licenses and permits.

Crewman Missing From Fishing Vessel Gallant Fox

A 54 year old crewman was reported missing from the fishing vessel GALLAND FOX last Thursday. The crewman, Bobby Barbers, was reportedly lost approximately 30 miles east of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. He was reportedly not wearing a work vest or floatation device at the time of the accident. The Coast Guard's sea and air patrol for the missing man was called off after an unsuccessful search of nearly 3,210 square miles of ocean. The 74 foot GALLANT FOX is home ported in Wanchese. The facts of the circumstances of the accident are currently unknown and are under investigation.

HELICOPTER CRASHES INTO OCEAN NEAR LA PUSH

Breaking news indicates a helicopter has crashed into the ocean near La Push, Washington. The accident happened near James Island. Early reports indicate the helicopter may be a Coast Guard helicopter. Preliminary reports state that witnesses believe the helicopter may have clipped electrical lines shortly after takeoff. Further details will be provided as information is released.

PHILADELPHIA DUCK BOAT ACCIDENT LEAVES TWO MISSING

A tragic accident has left two people missing on the Delaware River. A barge struck a Duck Boat carrying thirty-seven people on a tour of Philadelphia Harbor. The Duck Boat reportedly suffered a fire leaving it disabled shortly before the collision happened. A sixteen-year-old and twenty-year-old passenger are reportedly missing. Further details of the accident are not currently available.

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