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Blog category: "Boat Accident"

At Arnold & Itkin, our offshore injury attorneys highlight the importance of eliminating negligence on the part of employers and ship owners in the maritime industry. Doing this provides a safe environment for the thousands of offshore workers and passengers that utilize seagoing vessels daily. Examining the following maritime accidents reveals the importance of accountability and reveals how ...
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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Tankerman

The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Texas tankerman who was injured while working on a tugboat. The seaman collapsed from heatstroke brought on by working in a harsh and unsafe environment. He lost consciousness, hurt his neck, and sustained a traumatic brain injury due to his fall. Offshore work is a dangerous occupation as it is; it is essential ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a new lawsuit today on behalf of an offshore oil rig worker who was struck by a piece of wire rope while working aboard the Noble Clyde Bordeaux. He sustained serious injuries to his face, jaw, and other parts of his body. The young man required emergency surgery to address his injuries, which were caused by the Defendants’ conduct and the unseaworthy condition of the ...
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Yesterday we published a blog talking about the USS McCain accident of August 2017, which led to the deaths of 10 U.S. sailors off the coast of Singapore. The incident is back in the news as 10 families bring lawsuits against the owners of the Alnic, the merchant tanker that collided with the McCain. Our very own Cory Itkin represents 9 of the 10 families. Today, we round up the most notable ...
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Any person who has traveled in the open ocean has had the same fear: They're standing on the deck, enjoying a quiet moment at sea... ...When they fall into the icy waters. They scream for someone to help, but no one saw them fall. Within seconds, the boat is out of reach, leaving them behind with no one the wiser. They have 1 minute to regain control of their breathing, 10 minutes to swim to ...
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Offshore Fires, Boat Accident
Arnold & Itkin recently filed claims on behalf of three individuals seriously injured on a casino shuttle boat that burst into flames near Port Richey, Florida. Our clients were forced to jump overboard to escape the fire, crawling about 100 yards through frigid waters. For at least two of our clients, these injuries will require long-term care and treatment. The local police stated that the boat ...
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Boat Accident
50 individuals were traveling on a shuttle boat to a casino boat about a mile off of the coast of Florida when tragedy struck and the boat burst into flames. The fire burned the boat to its shell, leaving nothing but the hull. There is currently an investigation into the cause of the fire, which is thought to be an engine complication; however, no proof has been found as of yet. While travelling, ...
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Boat Accident
One fisherman has been killed and two others injured in a boating accident that occurred Friday night on Lake Baree in Louisiana. The Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s report said that six fisherman and their captain were on a charter trip when the 25-foot vessel struck an underwater wellhead around 11 pm. Upon impact, three of the men onboard were ejected from the boat. Two of them have been treated ...
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Boat Accident
One of the most important things that you can provide an injured person is immediate medical attention. That’s why working offshore is more dangerous than other jobs on a fundamental level—hospitals are hours away, making quick response even more necessary. Unfortunately, our client was denied fast medical care due to circumstances that were completely avoidable. Our client was working on a vessel ...
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Boat Accident
On February 11 th , an alert went out from the Destination to the Coast Guard transmitting their position using the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). The Destination was a 95-foot fishing vessel with a 6-man crew operating in the infamous waters of the Bering Sea. Aircraft was sent out to locate and rescue the crew, but they only found the EPIRB, a life ring, some buoys, and ...
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Boat Accident
With the broad expanses of the open ocean, relatively few vessels, and near-total visibility, you might think boats are less likely to collide with each other. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it never happens. For our clients, the wide open environment didn’t stop a shrimp boat from crashing into their vessel during a fishing trip. The three young men sustained serious injuries as a result. They ...
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Boat Accident
Most offshore injuries occur on the decks of oil rigs, industrial ships, and other vessels that employ work crews. When these crews are sent home for a break after their 14-day stretch, or are returning after a short period of relief, you might think their risk for injury is over. Sadly, that was not the case for Arnold & Itkin’s newest client. Our client—a young offshore worker—was a passenger ...
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Boat Accident
Just before noon Tuesday morning, the crew of the Alaska Juris were faced with a terrible problem: Their ship was sinking. The 220-foot fishing vessel (specifically a factory trawler, which drags nets in order to catch fish) began taking on water in the late morning, on a day only notable for the heavy fog and low visibility. Otherwise, the weather and winds were calm. The Alaska Juris allegedly ...
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The team at Arnold & Itkin has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a client who was injured in a pier accident. The man suffered serious injuries while standing on a pier that was suddenly hit by a marine vessel. The accident took place in Galena Park, Texas. Our maritime accident attorneys will be seeking to hold the owner and operator of the vessel accountable for the damages and injuries he caused to ...
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Aging Maritime Fleets

When it comes to aging ships, the U.S. is soon to face some serious challenges. Experts say that vessels are going to start retiring at a rate that is faster than the rate at which they can be replaced. Not only are aging ships an economic setback, but they also pose a risk to maritime workers. Offshore workers who are employed on these aging ships run a higher risk of being involved in accidents ...
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Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas emitted from internal combustion engines, like those found on many boats' electric generators and drive engines. Federal officials have discovered that emissions of carbon monoxide can reach lethal levels of concentration at the stern of houseboats and behind ski boats, cabin cruisers, and even personal watercraft. The highest levels of ...
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Boat Accident, El Faro, News
Though the voice data recorder discovery was a positive step in finding out more truth about the sinking of the El Faro , the actual retrieval will likely take up to several months. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the way the VDR and four-ton mass are oriented will create some complications. Brian Curtis, Director of the NTSB Office of Marine Safety commented, “It’s clear ...
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El Faro, Boat Accident, News
While the wreckage of the El Faro was found several months ago, there have still been many questions swirling around the cargo ship’s sinking that occurred last October . Investigators, family members, officials, and many others are hoping that the recently discovered voice data recorder (VDR) will provide more insight into the El Faro tragedy and even the missing closure that those involved are ...
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A tugboat capsized early Tuesday morning as it made its way along the San Jacinto River, which was rain-swollen due to the heavy down pour in the area. Of the five crewmembers on board the Ricky J Leboeuf, four were successfully rescued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Marine Unit while the tugboat sank into the river. The fifth crewmember remained unaccounted for following the ...
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El Faro, Boat Accident, News
The USNS Apache of the U.S. Navy departed today on a salvage mission to find the El Faro. The cargo ship carrying 28 Americans was reported missing on October 1 after it lost power on its route from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The vessel reportedly sunk somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean after getting hit by Hurricane Joaquin. Investigators will be involved in the operation, ...
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Offshore Lifeboat Accidents & Injuries

All offshore oil rigs and vessels are equipped with enough lifeboats to evacuate the entire crew in the event of an emergency. Whether it is a sinking ship or a fire on an offshore rig, crews may have to abandon the vessel on a moment’s notice. To prepare for such an emergency, companies are required to train the crews on how to quickly and safely flee the vessel and board the lifeboats. This is ...
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Boat Accident, Crane Accidents

Tugboat Captain Killed In Crane Accident

In the early hours of Thursday morning, an accident on the Industrial Canal, which connects the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, lead to fatal injuries to a 46 yeard old tugboat captain. The captain was killed when a crane fell on his boat while he passed under the Florida Avenue Bridge. According to early reports, the captain was pushing a crane barge. When ...
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Causes of Maritime Tow Boat Accidents

Towboats and tugboats are vessels that play a special role in offshore and industrial operations. While they serve in different territories, both types of vessels are involved in the movement and transportation of large barges, cargo, and equipment across large bodies of water. Tugboats are boats that push or tow other vessels that cannot or should not move themselves, such as large ships in ...
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Boat Accident
A recent maritime case result of ours involved a collision between two vessels. In In Re BOPCO, L.P. , Civil Action No. 11-3137, In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Section "C" (5), our client, Ryk Frickey, suffered injuries after being struck by a BOPCO commercial vessel. Defendant tried to limit its liability to $45,000 (the value of the vessel involved) ...
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