A party boat on Lake Conroe, Texas capsized late on August 14, 2021. Reports indicate there were 53 people on board the double decker party boat. The vessel, the Lake Conroe Queen, is a double-decker sternwheeler paddleboat. The incident occurred near Regency Point. According to local authorities, storms in the area resulted in 4 to 5 foot waves. Other than the weather conditions, it is unknown at this time what caused this deadly incident. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has identified the deceased victim as Karl Katzenberger. It is unclear how many others on board sustained injuries during this tragic accident.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels. The dredge barge Capt Leo II capsized and sank on August 4, 2021. There was a fire on board the livestock carrier ELBEIK on August 6, 2021. The general cargo ship SAINT PROVIDENCE experienced a flooded engine room on August 7, 2021. A fire broke out on the fishing ship TAMANGO on August 8, 2021. On August 7, 2021, there was a deadly collision between an Inland Marine Service towing vessel and a small fishing boat. A fire broke out on the general cargo ship HAGLAND BORG on August 13, 2021.
Safe maritime companies must perform regular maintenance and inspections in order to ensure the safety of their crew members. When ship operators fail to conduct regular maintenance and inspection of the equipment on their vessels, dangerous incidents can result. A vessel capsizing can be the result of many factors, including: human error, weather conditions, equipment failure, poor maintenance practices, waves caused by other vessels, or a lack of necessary equipment. An incident can often be a result of a combination of the above factors.
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The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident on a ship. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to vessel accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.