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.

Noted environmental activist faces BUI charges

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie about her fight over the pollution of a California town, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at Lake Mead near Las Vegas. Brockovich was arrested late Friday night after breath tests showed her blood-alcohol level was just over twice the legal…more

Authorities probe death of Florida boater found in Cuba

The mystery surrounding a Key West boater found dead near his boat on a Cuban beach last week is widening as one Keys detective says he’s struggling to get answers from federal officials. Monroe County Sheriff’s Det. Manny Cuervo has been investigating the case of Jay W. Rydberg, 40, who went missing May 14 aboard…more

Boater charged in fatal North Carolina crash

The boat operator in one of the worst accidents of the early season — which claimed the lives of a pregnant mother and her child — was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Michael Lynn Greene, 52, of McLeansville, N.C., was arrested Monday and given a $50,000 secured bond with a court date set for July 8.…more

Police investigate death on Red Sox owner’s yacht

A crewmember on a yacht belonging to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry apparently committed suicide on board Monday while the vessel was docked in Boston, the team said. The club said in a statement that fellow crewmembers were the only other people on board Iroquois, which was at Rowes Wharf near the financial district.…more

Sailing crew rescues Golden Gate Bridge jumper

A California sailing regatta crew was in the right place at the right time — long before their race had begun. Scott Walecka, 56, of Santa Cruz, was motoring his 38-foot Sydney 38, named Animal, toward San Francisco Bay Monday afternoon to prepare for today’s Spinnaker Cup racing in Monterey when his daughter Hilary, 23,…more

Family of HMS Bounty deckhand sues ship owners

In a move that seemed inevitable, the fight to point blame in the deadly last voyage of the HMS Bounty is headed for federal court. Family members of deckhand Claudene Christian, one of two crewmembers who died in the sinking, filed a $90 million lawsuit last week against the owners of the three-masted square-rigger, which…more

Report says marine deaths hit record low in 2012

The Coast Guard released its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics on Monday, revealing that boating fatalities last year totaled 651, the lowest number of boating fatalities on record. There were 651 boating deaths last year, a decline of 14.1 percent from 758 in 2011, and there were 3,000 injuries, down 2.6 percent from 3,081 the previous…more

Cargo ships collide in the Mediterranean Sea

A cargo ship sank off southern Greece within minutes of colliding with another freighter in fair weather Monday, leaving two Syrian seamen dead and eight others missing, officials said. Seven sailors were rescued. Investigators are attempting to determine why the 419-foot Antigua- and Barbuda-flagged Consouth collided with the 439-foot Cook Islands-flagged Pirireis in the Mediterranean…more

Prosecutors seek charges against Costa Concordia crew

An Italian judge began hearing a request on Monday to send the former captain of the Costa Concordia and five other ship’s officers to trial over the accident that sank the liner with the loss of 32 lives in January 2012. Prosecutors are seeking to have the 52-year-old captain, Francesco Schettino, tried on charges that…more

Both captains charged after Hong Kong crash

A high-profile, high-fatality marine accident in Hong Kong yielded a dramatic decision: The captains of both vessels are charged with manslaughter. Hong Kong police charged the men Thursday in connection with a ferry collision last year that killed 39 people in the city’s worst maritime disaster in decades. A commuter ferry and a company boat…more

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