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Lawsuit by ‘terrified’ fisherman moves forward

A fisherman who says he was terrified by a freighter that narrowly missed his boat and fatally struck another fishing vessel in a heavy fog off Point Reyes, Calif., is entitled to sue the ship's owner for emotional distress, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The fisherman was trolling for salmon north of San Francisco Bay in July 2007 when his radar picked up the 291-foot freighter Eva Danielsen a mile away and on a collision course. He sent a danger signal and said the ship came so close that he could hear its engine and feel its wake, but avoided hitting him.

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