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Lawsuits follow fatal accident

NOV. 3 — A man whose wife died in a collision involving an anchored fishing boat and a 54-foot Sea Ray in January filed a lawsuit last month against the owner of the company that chartered their boat and the owner of the yacht that crashed into them.

The man is seeking more than $75,000 in damages in the lawsuit, a news report in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times says. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla.

The man and his wife were two of six people on a 31-foot chartered fishing boat, Lazy Bones, 10 miles off Anclote Key Jan. 24, the report says. While at anchor a 54-foot Sea Ray emerged from the fog and hit Lazy Bones at the starboard side stern.

The impact knocked the man and his wife overboard, the report says. The woman, who was 67, was taken to an area hospital but died due to internal injuries.

In the lawsuit, the man claims the owner of Lazy Bones did not keep a lookout, sound fog signals or take evasive action, according to the report. The man also argues that the Sea Ray owner failed to properly light his boat and was not traveling at a safe speed.

? Jason Fell