A small recreational boat capsized in Michigan on February 12, 2023. At the time, the boat was on the Tittabawassee River with two people on board. According to reports, the boat’s engine stalled while traveling on the river. In an effort to restart the engine, one of the boaters’ sweaters became entangled in the engine. Efforts to free himself resulted in the boat turning over. One boater, Nathan James Robbins of Saginaw County, Michigan, remains missing. Additional details have not yet been released.
There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels. There was an explosion on board the bulk carrier ORIENTAL GLORY on February 2, 2023. There was a fire on board the car carrier AH SHIN on February 3, 2023. Six crew members were killed while cleaning a tank on the the tanker ship HALIMA on February 4, 2023. The Coast Guard medevaced the injured captain from the bulk carrier PERIDOT on February 6, 2023.
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. Over 5,000 boating accidents occur each year, resulting in over 700 deaths. However, most of these accidents are preventable if boaters take the proper precautions.
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 the negligence of another party. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country including those involving capsized vessels.
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 maritime disaster. 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 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.