Fishing Boat Capsizes off Coast of South Carolina

by | Dec 23, 2023 | Maritime Law

A fishing boat capsized off the coast of South Carolina on December 19, 2023.  At the time, the 30-foot vessel was approximately 34 miles from Charleston.  The two fishermen had to abandon the vessel and boarded a raft.  A Coast Guard helicopter was luckily able to locate the raft and rescue the two men.  The incident remains under investigation at this time.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  Four crew members went missing from the bulk carrier MEGHNA ADVENTURE in the Mississippi River near Belle Chasse, Louisiana on November 27, 2023.  A small recreational boat capsized off the coast of San Francisco, California on November 30, 2023.  Felipe Lozano lost his life after going overboard from the commercial fishing vessel MISS WINNIE on December 2, 2023.  Multiple crew members were killed on the bulk carrier BLUE CECIL on December 8, 2023.  A ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels struck a cargo ship on Friday, December 19, 2023 near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait in the Red Sea.

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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