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Court Reinstates $2 Million Damage Award to Seaman's Widow

The Virginia Supreme Court has reinstated a $2 million award it struck down earlier this year in an asbestos lawsuit against John Crane, Inc. In March, the court vacated awards totaling more than $3 million in a lawsuit filed by Robert Hardick, who alleged exposure to asbestos while a Navy seaman, before he passed away. One portion struck down was a $2 million pain and suffering award. Hardick's widow… Read more


This past weekend Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a mayday call from crewmembers of the 110' commercial fishing vessel, the F/V MOONLIGHT MAID. The fishing vessel encountered high winds and 13' seas before when it began taking on water. At the time, the fishing vessel was more than 30 miles south of Resurrection Bay. A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak launched and rescued… Read more

Vessel Sinks, Spills Oil in Unalaska

A Magone Marine boat sank in Unalaska Thursday morning, spilling a small amount of diesel fuel. Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill says it's not clear why the landing craft JOSHUA sank while tied up at the dock. The vessel leaked 10 gallons of diesel into the water before Magone personnel were able to stop the spill. There are still 750 gallons of fuel inside the landing craft. Magone personnel will try… Read more

"Gladiator" Lost at Sea, Briefly

Actor Russell Crowe was kayaking with a friend and launched on Saturday afternoon from Cold Spring Harbor on the Long Island Sound, according to US Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki. As it got dark, the two got lost and eventually headed for shore, beaching their kayaks in Huntington Bay, nearly 10 miles east from where they had set out. The US Coast Guard was patrolling the area, and heard… Read more

One Dead, One Missing in F/V ADVANTAGE Sinking

The skipper of a Kodiak-based fishing vessel ADVANTAGE died Friday after the boat sank, authorities said. One crew member was missing and two others were recovering from hypothermia. Four helicopter searches failed to find the crewman missing from the 58-foot ADVANTAGE, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis said. An airplane continued the search. As first reported by KMXT-FM, a Coast Guard… Read more

Fishing Boat Sinks, Crewman Missing Near Kodiak

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Three crewmembers were rescued from a fishing boat Friday after it sank south of Kodiak Island but one crewman remained missing, the Coast Guard said. As first reported by Kodiak Public Radio, KMXT-FM, the search for the missing crewman aboard the 58-foot vessel ADVANTAGE began shortly after midnight. The Coast Guard was first alerted to a problem when the command center in Juneau… Read more

Commercial Fishing Casualties

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Center for Disease Control, recently published studies on the fatality rates for the commercial fishing industry for the past decade. The reports confirmed that commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States from 2000 - 2010. As many of our clients will attest, many commercial fishing operations… Read more

Report: Need for Fishing Vessel Safety Reform

The Center for Public Integrity, an investigative news organization based in Washinton, D.C. has published a report on fishing vessel safety issues. The following is excerpted: Commercial fishing is the deadliest vocation in the United States. Four years running, from 2007 to 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked commercial fishing as the most dangerous occupation in the United States. From 2000… Read more

Fisherman Survives Near Miss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Coast Guard says a member of a fishing vessel crew survived after falling overboard without a lifejacket in the frigid waters of Prince William Sound. Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley says the Seward-based PHOENIX reported the crew member missing at 8:51 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2012, a couple minutes after he was last seen. The Coast Guard issued a marine alert about the… Read more

Fisherman Medevaced

OCEAN?PARK,?Wash. -- The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an injured 38-year-old man near Ocean Park Thursday. Sector Columbia River received a report from the crew of the fishing vessel LADY LAW approximately 5:10 p.m. that the ship's master had suffered abdominal and hand injuries while working aboard the vessel 20 miles west of Leadbetter Point near Ocean Park Read more