Maritime News & Info

The Coast Guard has rescued two individuals from a stricken ship off the coast of Virginia 40 miles east of False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach, according to authorities.

The vessel, called the Lauren Dorothy, was taking on water roughly forty miles off of the Virginia coast when the crew radioed for help. The Coast Guard responded with an HC-130 Hercules rescue aircraft and managed to arrive about forty minutes after the distress call was issued. The Coast Guard was able to successfully remove the two crew members and transport them to Air Station Elizabeth City.

As a personal injury lawyer with a specialty in maritime injuries, I know how frightening, injurious and even fatal an accident at sea can be. I was relieved to learn that the coast guard successfully rescued the individuals on the stricken vessel. Rescue at sea is always risky and dangerous. Any and all crew members and captains of sea vessels should be aware of the proper safety protocols, as well as the proper disaster responses, in order to ensure that there is no life lost in any at-sea disaster.

The reckless behavior of a ship captain led to the sinking of a ship and the death of the captain and one crewmember, according to authorities.

The Tall Ship Bounty, which sank in October of 2012, went down after the captain “sail[ed] into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy.” The Coast Guard held a hearing this year to investigate the matter, leaving experienced seamen incredulous as to how the captain could have acted so irresponsibly and without heed to the lives on board.  Numerous crewmembers had expressed hesitation about sailing near the storm, but the captain elected to sail anyway; in the sinking of the ship, the crew was forced to abandon the vessel, and the captain and another crew member both died.

This was a terrible incident, and it is still upsetting to hear about even a year and a half later. Maritime accidents and sinking ships are incredibly dangerous, and while it is heartening that fourteen crew members survived, it is still tragic to read of the lives lost. I have handled wrongful death claims related to maritime injury, and I know how awful it can be to deal with the loss of a loved one from an at-sea death. With any luck, future sailors and captains will take heed from this tragedy and ensure that it is not repeated.


Virginia Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer | Maritime Injury AttorneyAfter a brief absence, Carnival Cruise Line is coming back to Norfolk, Virginia.

The return comes after the Carnival Glory headed to Miami, which left Norfolk’s Half Moon Cruise and Celebration Center devoid of any accompanying ship, according to HamptonRoads.com. Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, informed the Virginia General Assembly recently that the cruise ship would be returning, bringing with it a great deal of tourist money and potential job creation. The cruise line is expected to offer up to a dozen cruises in 2015, when it is slated for return to Norfolk.

Cruise ships are exciting, and the vacations they offer can be fun; and perhaps most importantly, it is very exciting to learn that Norfolk may be getting an added economic boost, especially when our economy is still in recovery. However, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers of maritime or sea travel—and what your legal options are in the event you are injured at sea. My personal injury law firm, which is based out of Norfolk, Virginia, specializes in maritime cases; I have a Master’s Degree in maritime law, and I know the rules and regulations of sea travel and sea injuries. If you’re injured while on the ocean and it’s not your fault, you should contact my office to discuss your legal rights.

A person at Lyons Shipyard in Norfolk was struck by a heavy piece of equipment on a dredge barge; sadly the victim was killed in the terrible incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the accident.

This accident just happened recently and the investigation is still in its early stages, so we’ll know more as time goes on. However, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family members of the victim in this case. A shipyard can be very dangerous, and authorities and employees should take every precaution in ensuring that it is safe for any who may be there at the time.

We have seen many maritime and shipyard accidents, and understand tragedy and pain that they can bring. My Norfolk-based personal injury law firm specializes in maritime personal injury cases; my team of attorneys and I know the laws and the regulations, and we know how to fight for those who have been injured in maritime-based industries. It’s your employer’s responsibility to make sure the workplace is safe and free from danger.

Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident while working on a barge, or have lost a loved one in a barge accident, due to the negligence of another you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

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