Monday, June 30, 2008

Alaska Ranger - Fishing company seeks to limit liability

SEATTLE, June 29 (UPI) -- The owners of a fishing boat that sank in the Bering Sea are asking a federal judge to limit the Seattle firm's liability for the accident, court papers show.The Seattle Times reported Sunday 21 personal-injury and two wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed in King County Superior Court over the sinking of the Alaska Ranger. The lawsuits accuse Fishing Co. of Alaska in Seattle, which owned the 189-foot head-and-gut processor, of negligence and operating an unseaworthy vessel.

If the Court finds that the owners of the vessel had privity or knowledge of negligence or unseaworthiness the Court will likely deny limitation.


Looks like the litigation is going strong with lots of plaintiffs and attorneys.

The article says: Some made it into life rafts, but others floated in the dark in survival suits for hours as they awaited rescue. Coast Guard rescuers picked up 20 crew members, and the Ranger's sister ship, the Alaska Warrior, picked up 22. Four of the five bodies were recovered. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Seattle earlier last week, Fishing Company of Alaska (FCA) lawyers asked a federal judge to invoke an archaic piece of maritime law — once called a "vestige of time gone by" by a federal appellate judge — that limits the amount of money that can be sought by survivors or the families of the dead to the value of the Alaska Ranger and its cargo "at the end of voyage." In this case, the voyage ended on the bottom of the Bering Sea, and the boat is worth exactly nothing. The lawsuit asks the court to find that FCA and its owners "are not liable to any extent for any loss or damage or for any claims whatsoever ... [and] liability be limited to zero in damages ... ."

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Man Run Over by Boat

Cameras caught a small boat with no one at the wheel spinning out of control in the waters off Crescent Beach. "That boat's been going for about a good mile,” said one beachgoer. “It's been doing circles.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Divers plan to enter capsized Philippine ferry

Divers will attempt to get inside the capsized ferry off the coast of the Philippines Tuesday to try to locate hundreds of missing passengers and crew, reports say. About 800 people are still missing after the Sulpico Lines ferry Princess of Stars capsized during Typhoon Fengshen on Saturday. UPDATE: Divers in the central Philippines have found bodies but no survivors inside a ferry that sank during a typhoon with more than 800 people on board. Since the vessel capsized Saturday more than 40 survivors and dozens of bodies have been recovered at sea or on nearby islands, but most passengers and crew remain missing. Douglas Bakshian reports from Manila.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Death at Sea-What Consumers Of Cruise Lines Need To Know (Part Two)

This is a Injury Board Article by Jane Akre: The Bryce family believes dehydration triggered Don's heart attack and that a visit by the doctor and some IV fluids might have saved his life. Instead he died on the floor of Don and Marlene's Holland America, MS Rotterdam cabin, number 2629. Two minutes later the doctor arrived. (See Previous Story-Part One).

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Surrounded by sea, sailors kept afloat with hope

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — As night slid into day and back into night, and reef fish nibbled at their skin and the Gulf of Mexico roiled around them, the five survivors of the sinking of the Cynthia Woods sailboat kept talking. Steve Conway, a retired Coast Guard commander and one of the sailboat's safety officers, told some of the sea stories he's famous for, careful to avoid "ones that involve utter calamity." Then, he told reporters Monday, he detailed the protocol for Coast Guard rescues, giving the four Texas A&M students floating alongside him in the Gulf a timeline for the help they were certain would eventually come. Those stories, that steadfast belief that they would be rescued and the jokes the five sailors tossed around as they bobbed more than 20 miles offshore kept their spirits and hopes up during 26 hours at sea.