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.

Lifeguards stop runaway boat in Florida

Two lifeguards in Jupiter, Fla., jumped into action Thursday afternoon to stop a runaway powerboat with no one on board that was heading straight for the beach. A fisherman said on VHF radio that he saw a 26-foot cabin cruiser with no one on board about 4 miles from shore on a course straight for…more

Anglers thrown off boat near Florida coast

Two Florida shark anglers escaped unhurt Monday after falling off a boat about two miles off St. Petersburg Pier. The unmanned boat went in circles for at least a half hour before running out of fuel. “My buddy was driving and we hit a rogue wave and, boom, it just flipped us. Both of us…more

Environmental activist charged with BUI in Vegas

Apparently celebrities are not above the law — at least the laws prohibiting boating while drunk in Las Vegas. A Las Vegas district attorney on Tuesday handed misdemeanor charges of boating while intoxicated to Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist made famous by Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning portrayal of her. The 52-year-old has an Oct. 7 court…more

90-year-old lobsterman swims for his life after sinking

A 90-year-old lobsterman who his family describes as “a pretty stubborn, feisty Mainer” swam about 30 yards to shore when his 26-foot boat ran aground and sank last week. Phillip Tuttle, of Harpswell, had cuts and scrapes, but was recovering at home Monday after being rescued by his son-in-law, who headed out on a boat…more

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

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