Fishing Boat CAROL ANN Missing off Coast of Georgia

by | Oct 23, 2023 | Maritime Law

The fishing boat CAROL ANN went missing off the coast of Georgia.  The 31-foot fishing boat went missing with three people on board.  The vessel was believed to have been roughly 80 miles off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia at the time.  The fishing boat was supposed to return to shore on October 18, 2023, but failed to do so.   The Coast Guard is searching for the vessel at this time.  Additional details have not yet been released.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  On September 27, 2023, three men were ejected from a boat in Biscayne Bay.  A fire broke out on the container ship OOCL SHANGHAI on October 1, 2023.  A fire broke out on the container ship LUNA MAERSK on October 2, 2023.  There was a deadly boating collision in Havre de Grace, Maryland on October 2, 2023.  The tug boat BONNIE G was grounded on October 4, 2023.  A small boat capsized off the coast of New Jersey on October 7, 2023.  There was a fire on board the general cargo ship ANN ROUSING on October 13, 2023.  There was a deadly tugboat accident in Daphne, Alabama on October 14, 2023.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe offshore vessel owners and operators must ensure that their ships 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.

Even when a company has practices and procedures in place to prevent incidents like this, mishaps such as the one described above are cannot be completely eliminated.  All too often, human error and negligence are the reasons for these vessel collisions.  Whether it is due to poor judgment, a normalization of deviance from the proper procedures or a lack of proper rest and recovery, humans err and sometimes these errors result in the property damage, injury or death.  Operating modern sea vessels is not an inherently unsafe act as long as those responsible do so in such a manner that is not negligent. When the operation of sea vessels is conducted in a negligent manner, it does not take long for the situation to become dangerous.

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