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Tragedy of HMS BOUNTY

Hurricane Sandy may have claimed its first American victims today as it sank a tall ship and washed away two crew members as they tried to board a life boat. Fourteen people were rescued from the floundering HMS BOUNTY early this morning and an urgent search is on in the churning seas for the two… Read More

Fishing Vessel Burns, Crew Rescued Off Oregon Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three crew members this morning who abandoned their burning fishing vessel, the 35-foot HAVANNA, and set out on a life raft about 17 miles west of Cannon Beach. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew flew up from Air Facility Newport to make the rescue. It located the three survivors in the… Read More

Fishermen Rescued After Sinking Near Kodiak

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that five fishermen were rescued from an island south of Kodiak early this morning after their 58-foot-long fishing vessel struck a rock and started taking on water. According to Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, the crew of the KODIAK ISLE contacted watchstanders just after midnight… Read More

Vessels Collide in Puget Sound

On Friday, October 5, 2012, Donald Hatch, an Edmonds resident, was killed when a yacht collided with his small boat during a fishing outing off Seattle’s Shilshole Bay. The United States Coast Guard confirmed Hatch died after a 44-foot cabin cruiser, the SHELMAR, collided with his 16-foot aluminum skiff. Family members received confirmation of the… Read More

Supreme Court Leaves Punitive Damages Award Intact

Injured seamen are entitled to maintenance, cure and unearned wages, regardless of fault. The shipowner’s duty to pay these benefits is a “sacred obligation.” Willful breach of the obligation gave rise to a claim for punitive damages. In 1990, however, the U.S. Supreme court decided the case of Miles v. Apex Marine Corp., 498 U.S…. Read More

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