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Crewman On Fishing Vessel RONDYS Suffers Head Injury

A crewman working on the 113-foot fishing vessel RONDYS suffered a head injury early today and was airlifted by helicopter. The crewman is being taken to Emanuel hospital in Portland. The accident happened 160 miles off the shore of Westport, Washington. The cause of the accident and the condition of the crewman are unknown at this time. Records indicate the RONDYS is owned by Rondys Tendering LLC of Westport. The vessel is a steel hulled vessel built in New York Naval Shipyard in 1933.

Crewmen injured on fishing vessels are protected by Federal maritime law and the Jones Act. An employer must pay for all of a crewman's reasonable and necessary medical expenses regardless of whose fault a shipboard accident may be. A vessel owner owes each of its crewmen a duty to provide a seaworthy vessel and a safe place to work. Remarkably, injuries and deaths to Washington and Oregon fishermen are greater than equal to fishermen working in Alaska. When those injuries occur, fishermen must rely upon complex maritime laws to get fair compensation for their injuries.

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