Boat Runs Aground, Coastguard Capsizes on Rescue
March 18, 2016 | Personal Injury
Fishing is one of the most dangerous civilian occupations. In fact, it is currently the second most dangerous occupation, after logging. While there were only 22 fishing deaths in 2014, compared to 835 driver and commercial vehicle deaths, fishing has a very high risk rate, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. With 80.8 deaths per 100,000 workers, it is above that of commercial drivers (20.4 per 100,000) and well above the total U.S. average of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or fatality while on the job as a fisherman, contact an experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney today to discuss your options to receive compensation that can help pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This compensation can be the life-preserving financial aid needed during your great time of need.
The Ocean is Dangerous for Fishing Vessels and Coast Guard
In recent ABC news coverage, a 25-foot Coast Guard vessel was capsized in the rescue attempt of a 76-foot long fishing boat off Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York. The fishing vessel had becomes stranded after running aground due to high seas at 2:00 a.m. on February 25, 2016. Waves ranging 10 to 12 feet were still raging high and powerfully after the large overnight storm. After the Coast Guard vessel flipped on a sandbar, which is a buildup of sand underneath the water, during the rescue attempt, the five crew members, all of whom were equipped in full flotation equipment, had to swim to shore to the Rockaway Peninsula under 12-foot wave conditions. There were no injuries to the crew of the Coast Guard or the crew of the fishing boat.
Helicopter Rescue of Crew Members
The crew was picked up by helicopter from Atlantic City, given blankets to ward off hypothermia back on land, and then taken to the hospital, regardless of their intact health, for careful examination. According to the fishing crew members of The Carolina Queen 3, a Virginia vessel, they ran aground due to the waves and mechanical issues. While there are few regulations as to when fishing vessels can go out, the same is not true for passenger ships and other personal watercraft. The conditions may not have been suitable for fishing, but the Coast Guard cannot make that call. All captains and fishing vessel companies have a duty to act with care and to take reasonable precautions when out at sea. The captain is responsible not only for that, but for the ship’s seaworthiness, safety, security, navigation, managing the crew, abiding to international as well as local laws, cargo management, and flag state policies.
If you or a loved one were injured in a fishing accident while on the job, contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney today with Napoli Shkolnik PLLC at 212-397-1000.
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