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Back-to-Back Offshore Medevacs on the West Coast

It was a busy weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard along the West Coast, including two medical evacuations from vessels underway offshore. First, on February 19, 2021, the Coast Guard responded to hails from the 10,000 TEU containership M/V HYUNDAI JUPITER 40 nautical miles to the west of San Luis Obispo, California.  A person aboard… Read More

Fishing Vessel Overturns at Tillamook Bay in Oregon

An unidentified 38-foot fishing boat capsized at the mouth of Tillamook Bay at 4:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  All four people on board went into the water. Fortunately, the U.S. Coast Guard was observing the area from a nearby watchtower when the incident occurred.  Rescue crews were dispatched immediately, and the four mariners were removed from… Read More

Three Commercial Fishermen Rescued from Sinking Crab Boat in Northern California

At 1820 hours on Sunday, January 24, crab boat F/V SUNUP issued a distress call to the United States Coast Guard.  According to the crew, the vessel developed propulsion issues, lost control, and allided with the south jetty entering Humboldt Bay, California. Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay deployed a motor lifeboat and a helicopter to… Read More

Family of Four Rescued From Alaskan Island on Christmas Day

On Christmas Eve, a 50-year-old mother and her three children (ages 21, 17, and 13) were aboard a 15-foot vessel when it capsized off the west coast of Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska.  At 2300 hours, a friend reported to the United States Coast Guard that the family’s vessel was overdue to return.   Coast Guard… Read More

Tulalip Police Officer Missing After Capsizing Incident in Washington

According to the KIRO 7 News Staff, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, two police officers were aboard a Tulalip Police Department Fisheries vessel assisting another boat when the police vessel capsized just before 9 p.m.  Both officers were sent into the water as a result.  One officer, wearing a life jacket, was rescued at 11:45… Read More

Another Sandy Hook Pilot Tragically Perishes after Falling from a Ladder near New York

Sandy Hook Pilot Captain Timothy M. Murray was killed after falling from a pilot ladder while boarding a tanker ship near the Port of New York/New Jersey. The incident occurred at around 10:30pm on Wednesday August 5, 2020. This incident comes shortly after another Sandy Hook pilot, Dennis R. Sherwood, fell and subsequently passed away… Read More

Commercial Fisherman Rescued by U.S. Coast Guard Near Columbia River

A distressed commercial fisherman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard in the early hours of Tuesday, June 28, 2020, near the entrance of the Columbia River. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a VHF-FM radio mayday call from a 37 -foot commercial fishing vessel located near Cape Disappointment.  An urgent marine information… Read More

Fishing Vessel Sinking near Suislaw River Bar Results in Two Mariner Fatalities

One mariner was rescued, while two others were tragically killed in the early hours of June 29, 2020, after the sinking of fishing vessel AQUARIUS near Florence, Oregon. The deceased were later identified as the owners of Florence’s Novelli’s Crab & Seafood restaurant, Kyle and Amber Novelli. The incident began at approximately 1:50 a.m. when a… Read More

A Captain’s Decision Puts Lives at Risk

The Maritime Executive reports that per the National Transportation Safety Board’s release of the Marine Accident Brief on the sinking and flooding of the commercial fishing vessel PACIFIC 1, the probable cause which led to the vessel sinking was the captain’s decision to remain at sea with continuous flooding in the lazarette from an unknown… Read More

Forty-Six Crewmembers abandon the Commercial Fishing Vessel ALASKA JURIS as the Vessel begins to sink on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in the Bering Sea

The ALASKA JURIS, a factory trawler owned and operated by the Fishing Company of Alaska, began to sink in the Bering Sea on Tuesday, forcing the crew of 46 to don survival suits and abandon ship.  The Coast Guard says the ship had a problem in the engine room that led to flooding.  As the… Read More

  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
    The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee.
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