A mother's lament after one of the most common of accidents, falling overboard, takes her son's life
The sea is uncompromising, it is impersonal, and it is blind to a mariner's hard-earned experience. It can exploit the slightest misstep and give it a tragic turn.
Erica Blizzard was convicted of negligent homicide for failing to post a proper lookout
The manager of a New Hampshire marina was sentenced to at least six months in jail and must pay the state $4,000 to promote boating safety for driving her 37-foot powerboat into an island, resulting in the death of her best friend.
Today's boater has an array of electronic safety devices if trouble strikes on the water
The fatal accidents involving Erica Blizzard and Jonathan Hemingway illustrate how even experienced skippers can face tragic results if they fail to practice prudent seamanship.
Why didn't Concordia right herself? And why was there a 26-hour delay in mounting a rescue?
The sinking of the tall ship Concordia off Brazil has raised questions about the 26-1/2-hour delay in launching a rescue as well as the vessel's stability. But the evacuation of the 188-foot three-master without loss of life was unquestionably a feat of crew discipline and training that prevented misfortune from escalating into tragedy.
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