Recreational Boat Capsizes off Coast of Virginia

by | Jan 24, 2022 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

A recreational boat capsized in Chincoteague Bay, Virginia on January 22, 2022.  Reports indicate the 16-foot boat capsized due to waves that hit the vessel.  There were four people on board at the time.  A nearby vessel was able to rescue two of the boaters.  The Coast Guard has recovered the body of one of the passengers.  Authorities have identified the deceased as Corey Alles.  Search continues for the final passenger.  It is unclear if the wave was caused by weather conditions or a passing vessel.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  There has been a COVID-19 outbreak on the container ship MSC BRANKA.  There has been a COVID-19 outbreak on the container ship CAPE KORTIA.  There was a fire on the fishing boat Jenna Dawn on January 1, 2022.  There was a fire on the tanker vessel ALMUNTAZAH on January 22, 2022.

A recreational boating accident 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 equipment.  An incident can often be a result of a combination of the above factors.  Ultimately though, many of these incidents are preventable.

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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 a boating accident. 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 to learn more about your rights.