Accidents

Safety on the water is important to the marine industry, but accidents happen. Builders, dealers, boatyards and other marine businesses can learn from them.

Lawsuits filed in fatal Hudson River crash

The man whose bride-to-be and best man were killed when the powerboat they were in crashed into a construction barge on the Hudson River last summer is among the latest to sue the joint venture building the new Tappan Zee Bridge, as well as the boat’s driver.

Gulf capsizing survivor’s memoir to be made into feature film

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in “Not Without Hope,” a film based on the best-selling memoir by Tampa, Fla., resident Nick Schuyler, the lone survivor of a 2009 accident that left three of his friends dead in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Variety.

Grand jury indicts boater in Hudson River crash

An indictment says the pilot of a powerboat was drunk when he crashed into a construction barge in New York’s Hudson River in late July, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance’s best man. A grand jury indicted Jojo John, of Nyack, N.Y., on charges that include vehicular manslaughter and operating a vessel under the influence…more

Suspicious fire engulfs boats at Boston-area marina

Fire investigators are looking into reports of recent break-ins at a Boston area marina where five boats and a personal watercraft went up in flames early Sunday morning. “Boat fires are notoriously tough, you know, we save it at the waterline and that’s pretty much where we get it,” Lynn (Mass.) Fire Department Chief Arthur…more

Boat theft thwarts fishing trips for veterans

Whoever stole a 20-foot boat Friday probably didn’t know it was intended to take wounded veterans on free fishing trips, but the fact that the theft happened so close to Veterans Day increased the blow. A 20-foot North River boat that was stolen from retired 7-Eleven executive Jeff Mason’s driveway in Washington state was to…more

Nordhavn 76 sinks after catching fire in England

A $6.8 million Nordhavn 76 superyacht owned by a New Zealand businessman sank after catching fire in England. The Kahu, a 76-foot vessel, caught fire and subsequently sank last week while moored at a marina in the Isle of Wight, according to the (U.K.) Daily Mail, which published several pictures of the burning vessel. The…more

Foam problem cited in British duck boat accidents

A problem with foam used to provide buoyancy was at the center of two recent duck boat accidents in England that saw one tourist vessel sink and another catch fire. The incidents — one in Liverpool in June and one on the River Thames in London in September — resulted in passengers, including small children,…more

Marina fire destroys boats in Tennessee

Six boats were destroyed Sunday in a marina fire in Nashville, Tenn. Two sank and four others were damaged beyond repair. One boat spilled oil and fuel into the water, so crews set out absorbent pads to try to keep those chemicals from spreading in Percy Priest Lake, according to WSMV, a Nashville NBC affiliate.…more

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