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.

Study: Dispersant worsened effects of Gulf oil spill

If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill were an ecological disaster, the 2 million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it 52-times more toxic. That’s according to new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Universidad Autonoma…more

Rogue wave capsizes 45-foot cat in Florida

A Florida dive boat carrying 23 people on Thanksgiving Day capsized when a rogue wave hit, resulting in the death of a New Mexico woman. Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, was a manager at one of the nation’s leading research laboratories and was in Florida for a holiday dive trip with a nephew, authorities told the Associated…more

Environmental study points to overfishing in Gulf of Mexico

A Pew Environment Group study says that the Gulf of Mexico’s recreational fishing industry has lost millions of dollars in recent years because of overfishing. The organization that funded the study said the economic losses justify annual catch limits to help rebuild depleted populations of fish such as red snapper, gray triggerfish and greater amberjack,…more

Maryland lawmaker involved in BUI crash

A Maryland lawmaker who told police he was drinking alcohol while piloting a speedboat that collided with a vessel full of children, injuring four of them, did not have a recommended boater safety certificate. Delegate Donald H. Dwyer Jr., an Anne Arundel County Republican and an outspoken member of the state House Judiciary Committee, was…more

Couple drown in lake while saving dog

A Massachusetts couple boating on a lake drowned after jumping into the water to rescue their dog, who survived. The small dog, named Sadie, jumped into Hampton Ponds in Westfield on Monday night, prompting 64-year-old Donald Cyr to follow his pet into the lake, according to the Boston Globe. Police told The Westfield News that…more

Winch accident leads to shrimp-boat worker’s death

Coast Guard officials said the U.S. Department of Labor’s Alabama office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were called in to help review the death of a 15-year-old shrimp boat worker. Authorities told Fox 10 television that 15-year-old Steven Branch, of Bayou La Batre, Ala., was killed Aug. 11 while working on the shrimp…more

Costa Concordia wreck becomes tourist site

The refloating of the Costa Concordia is expected to be delayed until next spring, and day trips to see the cruise ship are now being offered. Project officials had expected to refloat the semisubmerged vessel about mid-January, but that’s not likely to happen until March or April, according to published reports. The salvage plan has…more

Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ shrinks

Scientists supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the size of this year’s Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free “dead zone” is the fourth smallest since mapping of the oxygen-free area began in 1985. The hypoxic zone forms each summer off Louisiana and Texas and threatens commercial and recreational Gulf of Mexico fisheries. “The smaller…more

New York firefighter dies in boat crash

The body of a New Rochelle, N.Y., firefighter was pulled from Stamford (Conn.) Harbor on Monday after the boat he was driving rammed the harbor’s east breakwall and flipped. Keith Morris, 30, was driving the boat with his brother and three others when the accident happened about 11:20 p.m. Sunday, police told the Stamford Advocate.…more

Teenager killed in Florida boating accident

A boat involved in a fatal accident in Florida on Tuesday had been owned by the family for only a month when a 15-year-old boy decided to take it for a ride. His parents weren’t home, but Brandon Noah knew where the keys were, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The 24-foot boat, called Serenity…more

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