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.

No injuries after boat collision off Delaware coast

Eight people and one pet cat were rescued Friday when a sportfishing boat collided with a sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean off Delaware. No one was injured. All occupants, including the family cat, were wearing life jackets, according to The News Journal. The collision occurred about 4 a.m. seven miles east of Bethany Beach, Coast…more

Costa Concordia transcript reveals captain’s ‘salute’

A black box transcript published by an Italian newspaper indicated that Francesco Schettino, the infamous captain of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship, was in fact “saluting” a colleague ashore with a too-close pass when the ship struck a reef and sank in January. The ship was carrying 4,229 people from dozens of countries when…more

Sunken Long Island boat is raised

The 34-foot Silverton convertible that capsized and sank July 4 on Long Island Sound, killing three children, was raised Wednesday, allowing investigators to pore over the boat for clues to what might have caused the accident. Discussions about probable causes have focused on wakes, overloading, a possible mechanical failure and weather, according to statements from…more

Lawyer: Boat might not have been overloaded

The 34-foot Silverton convertible that capsized July 4 on Long Island Sound with 27 people aboard, leaving three children dead, was not necessarily overloaded, an attorney for the boat’s owner said. The lawyer noted, in a New York Times story, that at least 10 of the passengers were children and that no calculation of the…more

Investigators seek cause of Long Island sinking

Less than 48 hours after a 34-foot powerboat capsized on Long Island Sound off Oyster Bay, N.Y., with 27 people on board, investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident, which resulted in the deaths of three children. Nassau County (N.Y.) Police reportedly are considering several factors: overloading, wakes from other boats that…more

Four dead after electrocutions on lakes

Four children are dead after a pair of separate electrocution accidents on lakes in Missouri and Tennessee. Nathan Lynam, 11, died Thursday night at Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel told The Associated Press. On Wednesday afternoon, Lynam and Noah Winstead, 10, were swimming between two houseboats at Cherokee Lake outside…more

Connecticut man sentenced in 2009 boating accident

A Guilford, Conn., man was sentenced Monday to prison time for a drunken boating accident that killed a childhood friend. The New Haven Register reports that Arthur King Hall was sentenced in New Haven Superior Court to 10 years in jail, suspended after three-and-a-half years, with five years of probation for manslaughter with a vessel…more

Captain loses hand and runs afoul of Florida law

It’s one of those stranger-than-fiction stories that could only happen in the Everglades. In addition to having his hand bitten off by an alligator, an airboat tour guide is being criminally investigated. That’s according to The Naples News, which reported last week that several families, including young children, witnessed the incident. Capt. Wallace “Wally” Weatherholt…more

Review panel believes sailboat ran aground

An independent review panel investigating the deaths of four sailors says it believes the 37-foot sailboat Aegean ran aground April 28 on North Coronado Island off the Mexican coast during the Newport (Calif.)-to-Ensenada (Mexico) race. Officials initially believed the boat was struck and destroyed by a larger ship in the middle of the night. That…more

Utah bill calls for stiffer boat-crash penalty

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill making it illegal to leave the scene of a boating accident. The state House Transportation Committee voted unanimously last week to pass HB92 and send it to the full House. It requires people who have “reason to believe” they have been in a boating accident to remain at the…more

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