A fishing boat capsized off the coast of Somalia on Sunday. At the time, the vessel had seven Yemeni fishermen on board. Reports indicate that the vessel sank due to a tropical storm in the area. All seven on board are believed to have drowned.
A vessel capsizing can be the result of many factors, including: human error, weather conditions, equipment failure, poor maintenance practices or a lack of equipment. A capsized boat can often be a result of a combination of the above factors. The unfortunate reality is that many maritime companies cut corners, which puts the lives of their workers and the general public at risk on a daily basis. Safe boat owners and operators must have adequate procedures in place to govern the work performed by the crew to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
It can be dangerous to work in any profession when safety considerations related to dangerous weather conditions are not made. This is especially so when working on a vessel. Safe maritime companies must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of their crew members at risk. The risks of catastrophic death as a result of sailing into dangerous weather conditions such as a tropical storm or typhoon must always be taken into account by safe maritime and cargo companies. When employers fail to account for dangerous weather conditions, catastrophic incidents can result. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this tragedy.
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