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.

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

Charter yacht runs aground in Maine

A sailing yacht valued at $2.4 million ran hard aground, was dismasted and rolled last week in Maine’s Penobscot Bay. No serious injuries were reported when the 2011 German Frers Hylas 70 hit East Goose Rock off Lasell Island, according to Coast Guard Station Northern New England. The boat was stabilized and hauled to shore…more

Tournament anglers rescue two from sinking boat

Two boats participating in the White Marlin Open rescued two men and recovered the bodies of two others Monday after a 28-foot catamaran capsized near Ocean City, Md. Anglers aboard the sportfishing boat Lori M contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at approximately 9 a.m. reporting a catamaran had capsized 32 miles northeast of Ocean…more

Dealership remembers employee killed in boating accident

The owner of an Athens, Ala., bass boat dealership and service shop says employee Anthony Szozda, who died in a boating accident last week, had a love for the water and a love for people. “He makes everybody laugh — he jokes with everybody,” David Bailey, owner D and D Marine, told WHNT News. “When…more

Boating victim’s family ‘shattered’ by Hudson River crash

The parents of a bride-to-be killed in a boating accident on the Hudson River say poor lighting on a barge, not drunkenness, could have been responsible for the crash. In a statement issued the day before Lindsey Stewart’s funeral, her mother and stepfather and the parents of a second victim complained that there was a…more

Operator charged in New York boat crash

A New York man was charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault after a boat he was operating crashed into a barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge, killing two members of a wedding that had been scheduled for Aug. 10. Officials told the local ABC affiliate that the body of a…more

Andrea Doria sank 57 years ago today

Fifty-seven years ago today the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm and the Italian passenger ship Andrea Doria collided on the edge of a heavy fog bank off Nantucket, Mass., and the Andrea Doria sank within hours. The Stockholm crashed into the starboard side of the Andrea Doria near the middle, creating a large hole and breaking…more

Fisherman survives capsize caused by 230-pound tuna

A 54-year-old fisherman is safe after his 14-foot boat capsized as he was landing a 230-pound tuna in the ocean off Hawaii. When his boat capsized, Anthony Wichman’s leg was caught in the fishing line and he was dragged underwater. After freeing himself, he was able to get on top of the hull and call…more

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