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Two people are missing after a collision between an oyster barge and a recreational boat in Newport News. The July 14, 2018 incident occurred around 7:45 in the morning. Witnesses say that the bow of the recreational boat popped up behind a tug boat that was pushing an oyster barge on the James River. Nearby boaters helped to rescue four of the six people on board the recreational boat. Rescuers stayed on site to look for the two missing boaters, but the search was called off after more than 24 hours of searching. The Coast Guard plans to stay vigilant over the following week for signs of the boaters, but family members believe at least one of the men does not know how to swim and was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident.

The Importance of Life Jackets

Early reports indicate that only one of the four people rescued from this incident was wearing a life jacket. Officials say this is just the latest in what they note as a disturbing trend of not bothering with safety devices while on the water. While life jackets may not fit with the footloose and fancy free attitude many recreational boaters take on in the summer months, they are excellent at saving lives – particularly the lives of those who cannot swim.

The Search Continues

While the official search for the missing boaters has been called off, the Coast Guard will continue to be on the lookout for any signs of their location. We are keeping the families of the victims in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

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. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. He knows how the insurers will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

A second person has died after an accident in the Port of Longview in Washington. This comes on the heels of the man’s colleague being killed in the same accident. Both men were struck by a mooring line that snapped on a bulk carrier vessel. It was being moved from one loading hatch to another the mooring line parted and snapped backwards towards the ship and the dock. The first man succumbed to his injuries at the scene, while the second man fought in vain at the hospital for another day. Two other workers were also injured in the incident.

Searching for Answers

It’s not clear exactly how or why this accident occurred, but some say that these kinds of incidents are often preventable. An investigation into what led to these tragedies is ongoing, but it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that some form of negligence led to the mooring line parting. A simple miscommunication can have deadly consequences when you’re dealing with heavy equipment and unpredictable colleagues. Some say that these workers should never have been asked to perform this duty to begin with. Instead, some argue, a tugboat should have been hired to safely move the vessel to a different loading hatch.

The Survivors

Both men killed in this accident leave behind families and loved ones who undoubtedly have many questions about their rights. We encourage the family members of the victims to reach out to a maritime accident lawyer for guidance. In many cases, the surviving family members may be entitled to compensation.

Virginia Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

A longshoreman in Port of Longview, Washington was killed recently in an accident that may have been preventable. The 34-year-old was struck by a mooring line that was shifting during cargo operations. Three other maritime workers were also injured in the incident. Tragically, though, the longshoreman succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He is survived by his wife and children.

Cutting Corners, Cutting Safety

Accidents like this can happen when longshoreman are tasked with moving ships on lines along the dock in order to load a different hatch. One small miscommunication can lead to tragedy. The maritime industry risks the health and safety of their longshoreman by refusing to pay for a tugboat or for pilots to reposition the ship near the deck. An attempt to cut corners and save money instead results in loss of life.

The Investigation Continues

We don’t know all the details about how exactly this accident occurred, but chances are good that this incident was indeed preventable. If negligence is indeed to blame, either through a lack of proper employee training or oversight on the part of a supervisor, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation. They should reach out to a maritime injury lawyer as soon as possible to understand their rights. While no amount of money can turn back the clock and prevent such a horrific accident, a settlement can help ensure the brightest future possible for the victim’s family. Funeral costs, medical bills and the loss of the wages the victim would have brought home in the future can all be compensated for.

Follow these simple tips, and you’re sure to have a fun, safe day on the water!

Virginia Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Five people have been rescued from a collapsed boat on the James River. That’s the news out of Newport News this week, where a group of five was rescued by the Newport News Fire Department. In a lucky case of being in the right place at the right time, the fire department was on site performing a training drill when they came upon a collapsing boat. Five people had been knocked into the water as their vessel took on water and turned over. Thankfully, rescuers were able to pull the victims from the water and provide live saving efforts on one person who was not breathing. All five people are expected to make full recoveries.

Questions Remain

It’s not immediately clear what caused this accident to occur in the first place. Boat maintenance is incredibly important, but is too often neglected or forgotten about altogether. There’s a chance that poor maintenance led to this incident, but until investigator finish their work, there’s no way to know for sure how this accident happened.

Taking On Water

If you find yourself on board a vessel that is taking on water, make sure you and everyone else on board is wearing a life jacket. Then, put in a may day call just in case. You can take additional steps like finding the leak and pumping out excess water, but you’ll want to have your bases covered in case you need to abandon ship. While it’s impossible to fully prepare for these kinds of accidents, knowing what to do in a worst case scenario can save your life.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

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. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. He knows how the insurers will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

Picture this: you’ve just purchased your dream boat. Understandably, you’re eager to get it out on the open water. Just like with a new car, however, it’d be foolish to go for a spin in your new watercraft without first getting insured. All boat owners need to ensure they have enough boat insurance coverage to protect their vessel and their finances in case of an emergency.

What does liability insurance include?

Liability insurance provides financial protection for boat owners when they are accused of negligence. Imagine, for example, that you find yourself colliding with another vessel in the harbor. Serious damage is done to both boats, and a person falls overboard and injures themselves. If folks on the other boat accuse you of being negligent at the time of the crash, you could be held liable. Liability insurance can help mitigate the expense of such accusations.

How much liability insurance is enough?

Most boat insurance policies start at $1 million in coverage. While this seems like a lot, consider the potential for damage and how much an accident could cost you out of pocket. You can and should consider going above and beyond this base. If you operate your boat in choppy waters or frequently feel the need for speed, you’ll want to increase your coverage. The more powerful your boat, the more coverage you’re likely to need.

Work closely with your boat insurance agent to determine the right amount of coverage for your situation. Keep the value of your boat in mind, along with the potential risk factors and where and how you’ll use it. Since all of these factors play a role in your insurance rate and coverage, it pays to be considerate and do your homework.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

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. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. He knows how the insurers will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.