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At least 4 Dead After Suspected Smuggling Vessel Overturns in San Diego, CA

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesperson Monica Munoz told CNN they received reports of a smuggling vessel which overturned on May 3, 2021. The boat capsized near the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma at approximately 10:27 a.m. James Gartland, lifeguard chief for San Diego, told reporters it appeared the boat hit the reef, broke up… Read More

Vessel Sinks with Three Aboard Off Washington Coast

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, three men were rescued by a Coast Guard crew after their vessel sank five miles off the coast of La Push, Washington. The three men were found floating around debris without lifejackets late Saturday afternoon when Coast Guard officials rescued them. According to the Coast Guard, the large vessel was… 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

Fishing Vessel Ablaze in Port of Tacoma

A significant fire erupted aboard F/V ALEUTIAN FALCON in the Port of Tacoma overnight and into the morning of February 18, 2021.  The vessel is said to be 356 feet in length and docked at Pier 12.  It is operated by Trident Seafoods. Firefighters continued to fight the blaze throughout the morning.  Officials voiced concern… 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

Deadly F/V SCANDIES ROSE Sinking Lawsuit to Settle Out of Court

The owners of F/V SCANDIES ROSE report that they have resolved lawsuits with two surviving crewmembers and the families of four mariners who died during the December 2019 incident.  The crab fishing vessel was managed out of Washington State and sank near Sutwik Island, Alaska.  The case reportedly settled out of court for more than… Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Intervenes in Fishing Vessel Sinking Incident in the Gulf of Alaska

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received a mayday call from F/V ELISE MARIE at 1900 hours local time.  The vessel was taking on water and sinking near Icy Bay (approximately 160 nautical miles southeast of Valdez). The Coast Guard mobilized a C-130 Hercules airplane, an MH-60 helicopter,… 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

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    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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