Barge Collides with Skiff near Port O’Connor, Texas

by | Jan 30, 2023 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

There was a deadly boating accident near Port O’Connor, Texas on January 28, 2023.  According to the Coast Guard, a barge being towed by the towing vessel Chip Stiebing struck an aluminum skiff.  The boats were located in the Intracoastal Waterway north of Shoal Water Bay.  Two people on the skiff were ejected from the boat.  One boater was rescued by a good samaritan vessel.  The second occupant was not able to be found.  The towboat is operated by Florida Marine Transporters.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this deadly incident.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  An offshore worker fell overboard from the Valaris 21 offshore jack-up rig in the North Sea on January 22, 2023.  There was a collision between the tug boat MARK E. KUEBLER and the very large crude carrier NISALAH in the Corpus Christi Channel on January 22, 2023  The cargo ship TUZLA was hit by a missile on January 24, 2023.  A contractor was killed after a fall on the container ship MAERSK EINDHOVEN on January 25, 2023.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe ship owners and operators must ensure that their vessels do not put the lives of hard working men and women at risk.  Safe companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, to also ensure that the environment is not impacted.

Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of a vessel accident. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country, including handling lawsuits involving vessel collisions.

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 jack-up rig. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to maritime injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your rights.