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.

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

Fire engulfs waterfront in South Carolina city

The city of Georgetown, S.C., suffered a major blow to part of its historic waterfront when a fire broke out Wednesday morning. By 6 a.m., about a half hour after it began, the fire had engulfed seven historic buildings, including restaurants and bars, a favorite children’s store, a bookstore and a florist shop as well…more

Discovery Channel special focuses on Costa Concordia

The Discovery Channel will air a special this week on salvaging the Costa Concordia, broadcasting the documentary in more than 220 countries and territories around the world. In January 2012, the Concordia ran aground, leaving 32 people dead. The vessel remains on Italy’s coast, where long-planned salvage efforts began this week. The ship is the…more

Costa Concordia salvage operation under way

A complex system of pulleys and counterweights began lifting the Costa Concordia cruise ship today from its side on the Tuscan reef where it capsized in 2012. The anxiously awaited operation has never been attempted before on such a huge liner, according to the Associated Press. At 114,000 tons, the vessel is twice the size…more

Boat vs. train doesn’t end well

Of all the ways to wreck your boat, getting sideswiped by a locomotive is far down the statistical list. Just don’t tell that to the Ohio man who became stuck at a railroad crossing while trailering his boat to his waterfront property along the Ohio River near Foster, Ky. “He said he had not had…more

Two killed in boat crash during poker run

Investigators believe excessive speed was a factor in the deaths of two Missouri men whose boat crashed during the annual Lake Cumberland Poker Run last weekend in Kentucky. Jeffrey T. Asbell, 47, and Bradley D. Smith, 39, both of Joplin, were ejected from the boat. An official with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department told…more

Boat hits children on tubes in Texas Lake

Four children riding an inner tube on a Texas lake were injured Sunday night when another boat slammed into them. An 8-year-old boy was taken to Children’s Hospital in Dallas in critical condition. A 4-year-old was also at Children’s in stable condition. Two other children on the inner tube had minor injuries and did not…more

Pier evacuated after 55-footer causes damage

A 55-foot boat lost power and drifted through dense fog into the Balboa Pier Sunday night in Newport Beach, Calif., breaking pilings and causing the popular pier to be evacuated. The pier remained closed early Monday, but reopened about 10 a.m. after investigators determined the pier was safe for Labor Day visitors, according to NBC…more

90-foot sailboat strikes bridge in Fort Lauderdale

A 90-foot sailboat struck the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge, which connects the mainland to the beach in Fort Lauderdale, on Friday afternoon but injured no one. Adam Matza, who was riding a bike across the bridge, told the Sun Sentinel newspaper that he heard construction workers yelling, “Reverse, reverse,” before the vessel struck the north…more

Benetti reports on possible cause of megayacht fire

In light of a fire on a 183-foot yacht in the final stages of construction in its Livorno boatyard, Benetti said it has taken measures to avoid any other “extreme” problems. “The sense of responsibility and the passion of the Benetti team will make us [learn] from such an extreme case and reinforce the team…more

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