November 14, 2015

Cape Canaveral, Florida - Dredging Crewmember's Legs Cut Off By Boat Propellers

Barge_Paula_Lee.jpgIt is being widely reported that a crewmember suffered serious personal injury after he fell into the water while attempting to step from the aft of a crew boat to a dock, barge or other vessel engaged in dredging operations in Port Canaveral. Authorities are presently withholding the man's name. The dredging crew is deepening and widening the entrance to the port so that larger ships can come in.

The man fell from a barge PAULA LEE Tuesday night (November 10th) and was injured by a pair of spinning propellers that caused him to lose one leg below the knee as well as the foot on the other leg. News reports seem to indicate the Captain of the crew boat left the engines in gear in an effort to keep the stern of the crew boat up against the dock, barge or other vessel during crew changes that take place 24 hours a day. It is uncertain at this time if dock lines and buoys were utilized to secure the crew boat thus, eliminating the need to keep the crew boat's engine's in gear while crew stepped across at the stern of the boat. It's also unclear why the crew changes were not conducted from either side of the crew boat after securing the boat alongside. Paramedics credit the quick action by other crewmembers with stopping the bleeding and saving the man's life.

It's also reported the Coast Guard is stating the fall was accidental which does not, however, address whether there was Jones Act negligence and/or unseaworthiness on the part of the owners and/or operators of the vessels participating with the dredging operations and crew change.

The Florida Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime Lawyers at Brais Brais & Rusak ("BBR") are often called upon to assist crewmembers suffering these types of horrific injuries. Crewmembers with these types of debilitating injuries suddenly find themselves without a career wondering how they will pay for future medical care and support themselves and loved ones for the remainder of their lives. While the crewmember and his or her family are coping with the recent tragedy, vessel owners and operators have already notified their "Risk Management" or "Loss Prevention" departments and contacted their underwriters (aka marine insurance company). The employee's days of dealing with the employer's "Human Resources Department" are over. The crewmember's injuries represent a potential lawsuit and liability (aka "plaintiff's verdict") against the Company.

Depending upon the vessels involved, in this case to include the dredging vessels, barges, crew boat, and the severity of the injuries the vessel owners may quickly file a Limitation of Liability ("LOL") lawsuit. Owners have six (6) months within which to file an LOL but more often file shortly after a marine disaster while the injured crewmember and/or his or her family is coping psychologically emotionally with the recent tragedy. Case in point the LOL recently filed by the owners of the EL FARO. This is a preemptive lawsuit filed by the vessel owner in Federal Court which greatly shortens the ordinary three (3) years within which to file suit to just a few months or less. In the LOL the vessel owner asks a Federal Judge to either "exonerate" or "limit" the owner's liability. At complete odds with this archaic law the vessel owner is able to seek full recovery for its damages (i.e., the loss of a vessel say in the case it sinks or is greatly damaged).

The attorneys at BBR are fully versed with and have, in fact, lectured on the subject of LOL proceedings. See, The Shipowner's Limitation Of Liability Act: Pitfalls For The Unwary. Another aspect of the crewmember's injuries in this case will likely involve the "Flotilla Doctrine", an effort perhaps by the vessel owner to limit its liability to the value of the crew boat versus the more valuable vessels involved with the dredging operations. It is imperative that crewmembers involved in these types of claims seek out the expertise of a well-qualified maritime attorney. Pursuant to the Florida Bar only a Board Certified Maritime Attorney can represent himself as an "expert" in the filed of Admiralty and Maritime Law.

The mission statement of BBR is "Protecting Rights" and "Restoring Lives". With 80 years of combined trial experience, BBR has the experience to protect client's rights, the compassion to serve client's needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation clients deserve. The firm's partners possess an impressive list of Credentials and Qualifications which are available for your review on the firm's website. The attorneys at BBR understand your future and the future of dependents in significant part depends upon the financial outcome of your case. In fact, in this year along the attorneys at BBR have recovered more than $8.452 million in claims involving crew members and more than $38.084 million between 2011 and 2015. See additional Results.

The firm's main office is in Miami, Florida, but we routinely represent clients throughout the State of Florida. In this regard, the firm has previously handled files involving Cape Canaveral crewmembers, involving both injury and death claims. Additionally, the firm maintains satellite offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas on an appointment basis.

We certainly wish this crewmember the very best and a speedy recovery. We represent accident victims and families left behind after wrongful death on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. To reach our AV-rated law firm and Board Certified Maritime attorneys you may call 1-800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype "BraisLaw" worldwide or complete the Contact Us form on this website to receive a free evaluation of your case, or if you need legal advice. You may also visit us at Witnesses to this crewmember's injuries are urged to contact the firm.

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November 9, 2015

Families of the El Faro Victims Have Only Until December 21, 2015 to File Wrongful Death Claims

El_Faro_Claims_Must_be_Filed_by_December_21_2015.jpgIn a move that is both unfortunate but expected, TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Lines obtained an order from a Federal Judge requiring the families of the 33 crew members who died while serving aboard the El Faro to file their wrongful death claims by December 21, 2015. This means that the families through a personal representative of the crew members' estates must file their claims in the Federal Middle District of Florida by the December 21, 2015 deadline or risk losing the right to sue TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Lines for the deaths of their loved ones.

Besides forcing grieving families to participate in a lawsuit which they may not be ready to emotionally address, the limitation proceedings initiated by TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Lines give the shipowners other distinct tactical advantages. First of which the limitation proceedings may entitle them to limit the total amount TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Lines have to pay the grieving families to $15,309,003.50. The order setting the December 21, 2015 filing deadline also stayed the various state court lawsuits brought against the El Faro's owners requiring them to refile their claims in the Federal limitation proceedings. The limitation proceedings also preclude the families from having a jury of their loved one's peers decide the case. Instead, a Federal Judge will be the sole fact finder.

As you can see, the limitation proceedings give the shipowners many advantages over the grieving families. However, the decision to bring a limitation proceeding in no way guarantees TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Lines, or more appropriately their marine insurance carriers, the ability to prevent the families of the 33 crew members from obtaining the true value of their claims. TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Lines could only achieve an order limiting their liability if they both prove by the greater weight of the evidence that they did not know nor could they have known of the unseaworthy condition(s) or negligent act(s) which caused the El Faro to sink. This may be very difficult given the facts of the case and admissions made by corporate officers of TOTE Maritime. There are also ways within the law for the families to stay the Federal proceedings and allow the case to be first decided within the state court system with the benefit of a jury.

Navigating a limitation proceeding could be very tricky. It is for this reason our attorneys have written a paper on the subject that was presented at a maritime law conference. If you are following the unfortunate events surrounding the El Faro sinking and would like to learn more about the Limitation Act and how it applies to this case, feel free to contact our Florida Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime Attorneys.

November 6, 2015

A 35-year-old passenger has gone overboard from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Oasis of the Seas


A search by the Coast Guard is underway after a 35-year-old male passenger from Brazil fell into the ocean. It appears the man lost his grip while hanging from a davit used to raise and lower the cruise ship's lifeboat. The incident occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. Friday morning when the ship was some 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas.

According to the Coast Guard, it has received multiple reports of the man falling or jumping, but it has been unable to confirm whether he actually fell or jumped. Royal Caribbean released a written statement claiming that the man "was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship." A video posted by CBSMiami shows the man holding onto the davit and several people trying to help him before he loses his grip and falls into the ocean. It does not show whether the man jumped or fell into the lifeboat.

The Coast Guard began its search at 4:00 a.m. this morning and was using its "algorithms and drift techniques to see exactly where he could be at now, given the drift pattern hours later, to search in that area for him." Shortly after the incident occurred, the Oasis of the Seas remained in the area to conduct its own search, including sending out two smaller ships to assist. The ship is scheduled to return to Port Everglades on Saturday.



November 3, 2015

TOTE and Sea Star Lines File Limitation Proceedings in El Faro Sinking Case

Tote Seeks to Limit Liability in El Faro Sinking.jpgAs predicted by our Florida Board Certified Maritime Attorneys, TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Lines have filed a Petition for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability for any damages associated with the death of the 33 sailors aboard the El Faro. The lawsuit is pending in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The aim of the offensive suit is to exonerate, or if that fails, cap the amount payable to the families of the merchant mariners who lost their lives in the service of the ill-fated cargo ship. The question for those following this catastrophe is why TOTE who publicly stated "Our focus has been on supporting and caring for the family members, loved ones, and friends of those aboard the El Faro" is now seeking a Federal Court to exonerate it from any responsibility or limit the amount it must pay the families? The answer is simple. TOTE and Sea Star Lines' marine insurer has taken control of the defense of the case and the shipping companies are required under contract to cooperate in this legal maneuver so that the insurance company could lessen the amount of money it has to pay the victims' families.

Typically, a shipping company obtains liability insurance in the case of an injury or death occurring aboard its ship. The shipping company self-retains a portion of the exposure. This self-retention amount could range between one thousand to one million dollars. After that money is exhausted (either by paying defense attorneys or paying claims), the insurance company is responsible to pay the balance of the damage up to the policy limits (if there is a policy limit). As such, TOTE and Sea Star Lines' exposure is already capped at their self-retention. Consequently, the Limitation of Liability lawsuit filed on their behalf really only benefits the insurance company.

This is the very reason why courts within the last thirty years have criticized the Limitation Act as being outdated. The original intent of the Limitation Act was to promote United States shipping investment by providing an incentive for businesses by allowing them to limit their financial exposure should a maritime disaster occur. With the common use of insurance in modern times, shipping companies already have limited exposure and the only ones benefiting from the Limitation Act are the big insurance companies.
As we have written in the past, the mere filing of a Petition for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability does not automatically entitle TOTE and Sea Star Lines' insurance company to limit its financial exposure. It must be proven by the greater weight of the evidence that the unseaworthy condition or negligent act that caused the El Faro to sink was unknown or could not be known by Sea Star Lines or TOTE. This is very hard to prove given the advanced age of the ship, the reported leaking and boiler issues and the fact that TOTE could have overridden the captain's decision to try to out run Hurricane Joaquin.

Our Florida Board Certified Maritime Attorneys have vast experience in litigating limitation cases including ligating such cases in the Middle District of Florida and are available to provide assistance for those trying to navigate the pitfalls found within the Act.

October 30, 2015

60-year-old crew member arrested for molesting 15-year-old girl aboard Costa Diadema


LA SPEZIA, Primocanale, an Italian news station, has reported that a cleaner working aboard the Costa Diadema sexually molested a 15-year-old-girl on October 23, 2015. The crew member's name was not released by the Italian news station. However, he was identified as a 50-year-old man from Honduras. According to the Italian news station, the minor girl was traveling aboard the Costa Diadema with her aunt and uncle. On the day of the assault, she apparently returned alone to her cabin after dinner. Once inside the cabin, the crew member somehow entered her cabin and allegedly began touching and kissing the girl. She was thankfully able to escape and reported the assault to her aunt and uncle. The Costa Diadema was in port at the La Spezia terminal when the assault occurred. The crew member was arrested after Costa notified the police of the assault.

It has also been reported that just two months ago, in August 2015, a bar tender also working aboard the Costa Diadema was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old passenger.



October 29, 2015

El Faro Lawsuits and the Limitation Act

Fatal Course of the El Faro.pngOur maritime lawyers have recently been contacted by the media to provide legal insight on how the Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act may impact the lawsuits filed in the El Faro disaster. It is important from the outset to note that the Limitation Act is an over 150-year-old statute designed to encourage United States shipping enacted in a time when insurance was rarely extended to American shipowners. The reasoning behind the Limitation Act was to provide shipowners with a safety net to lessen their financial exposure should a maritime disaster strike. Congress hoped this, in turn, would encourage businesses to invest in shipping and operate vessels within the United States. In modern times, however, every shipping firm has marine insurance to protect them financially from a catastrophic loss such as a ship sinking. Given the common use of insurance, many courts have commented that the Limitation Act is outdated and no longer serves its intended purpose. Congress, however, has not removed the law from the books and a judge must apply the Limitation Act if invoked. The purpose of this post is to discuss how the Limitation Act may be used in the El Faro lawsuits.

The Limitation Act Will Not Likely Apply to All Defendants

Not every company named as a defendant in the El Faro lawsuits will be able to invoke the protection of the Limitation Act. As discussed above, the Act was designed to promote United States shipping. As such, only the ship's owner (and perhaps a charterer) may invoke the Limitation Act. The Coast Guard lists Sea Star Line as the El Faro's owner. The Limitation Act clearly allows Sea Star Line to invoke its protection. However, the ill-fated cargo ship appears to be operated by TOTE Maritime. In fact, TOTE Maritime's President Tim Nolan told reporters that his company had the authority to veto the Captain's decision to leave in advance of the storm. TOTE, not being the owner, has no right to seek Limitation Act protections unless it occupies the status of the vessel's bareboat charterer. Nothing has come to light in the thousands of reports on the El Faro that TOTE was the ship's bareboat charterer. As such it does not appear that TOTE will be able to seek limitation protections. Also, there were five Polish nationals who were a part of was what is known as the riding crew. Their employer will likewise not be able to take advantage of the Limitation Act.

It Will Be Very Difficult to Establish Limitation

The fact a company may have the right to invoke the Limitation Act does not mean it automatically can limit its liability. To obtain the benefits of the Limitation Act, the shipowner must establish by the greater weight of the evidence that it was unaware, or could not have become aware, of any negligent act or unseaworthy condition which caused the ship to sink. Given the reports that the vessel was aging, and its boilers were recommended to be overhauled, it appears that it will be very hard for the El Faro's owner to be able to limit its liability. To read more about the Limitation Act, feel free to read a paper on the topic our attorneys' wrote and presented at the Southeastern Admiralty Lawyers Institute's annual symposium by clicking here.

Request for Help

Our law firm has been contacted to represent multiple families of the El Faro's victims. To better serve these families, we are working with a well-known maritime safety expert to consult us on the mechanical and navigational aspects of the case. To assist us further, we ask that anyone who sailed aboard the El Faro or once worked for TOTE Maritime to contact us. We need to learn more about the El Faro's condition, history of repairs and maintenance as well as TOTE Maritime's policies and procedures. You may contact us toll free in the United States at (888) 499-0551or outside the United States at (305) 416-2901.

October 21, 2015

56-Year-Old Cruise Passenger dies after falling during a Zip-Line Excursion in Puerto Rico

Police have just released information on the October 15, 2015 death of a cruise ship passenger during a shore excursion in Puerto Rico. The passenger, identified by police as Marsha Boekeloo, was a 56-year-old woman from New Mexico. According to police, she fell 20 feet from a zip-line at the Hacienda Campo Rico, located east of Puerto Rico's capital city, San Juan. Media reports state that immediately after falling, Boekeloo complained of chest pain and was unable to move her legs. She tragically passed away hours later at a hospital.

The zip-line tour was run by a San Juan based tour company named Ecoquest Adventures & Tours. According to the company's owner, the park where the zip-line tour was conducted was certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology ("ACCT"), based out of Illinois. The tour company owner has also been quoted saying that all tour guides are trained in first aid, rescue and risk management and that the park is regularly inspected by the tour guides. The ACCT's executive director James Borishade has said that the company's membership with the ACCT actually expired last year. According to Borishade, adventure parks such as Ecoquest, should have yearly third-party inspections. Unfortunately, there is no agency or body to monitor and ensure that yearly inspections are in fact done. It remains unknown what caused Boekeloo to fall and whether the park had undergone a previous third-party inspection. The name of the cruise ship aboard which Boekeloo was traveling also remains unknown.

General maritime law requires cruise lines to warn of known dangers in places where its passengers are invited or expected to visit. General maritime law also requires cruise lines to properly vet the tour operators and excursions offered aboard its cruise ships. This legal obligation is prudently designed to provide cruise passengers with the necessary knowledge and information to make an informed decision as to activities while in ports of call. When a cruise passenger seeks compensation for an injury occurring at a port of call, cruise lines generally seek dismissal of this type of claim. These requests for dismissal are met with varying success. If, however, facts exist showing that the cruise line knew or should have known of a danger with a specific tour operator and/or excursion but failed to warn its passengers, then courts are likely to allow such claims to proceed.

This photo of Northwoods Zip Line is courtesy of TripAdvisor



October 11, 2015

Was the El Faro Unseaworthy?

Was_El_Faro_Unseaworthy.jpgAs was widely reported, the Coast Guard has suspended its rescue mission for the crew of the 40- year-old El Faro which sank off the coast of the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. Since this incident made international news, stories are being shared about life aboard the ill-fated cargo ship. CNN reported that Kurt Bruer, a former quartermaster with six months of experience aboard the El Faro, stated that the ship had holes in its deck. Marvin Hearman who sailed on the ship as late as last August said there was rust everywhere. Hearman also revealed to CNN that the areas of the vessel such as the chief cook's room leaked water and that the ship has issues with drainage. Chris Cash, another former crew member, told CNN that the ship's owner Tote Services just bandaged the ship rather that preforming a proper repair. Tote disputes these claims and states the ship was properly maintained.

If the ship indeed was prone to leaking and Tote did not make the proper repairs, the company could be held liable for the crew's death under maritime law. Ship owners are obligated under the law to provide their crew with a ship that is reasonably fit for its intended purpose. If the ship owner fails to meet this burden, a judge or jury could find the ship unseaworthy. If an unseaworthy condition played any part in the El Faro's sinking, Tote would likely be found liable for the deaths and be required to pay compensation to the families of the lost crew members.

It is too early to draw any conclusions as to what caused the El Faro to sink. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the lost crew members. We will continue to follow this case and report.

October 8, 2015

30-Year-Old Female Passenger aboard Norwegian Breakaway is Medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard

Coast_Guard_Medevac_NCL_Breakaway.jpgThe United States Coast Guard ("USCG") medevaced a 30-year-old woman sailing aboard the Norwegian Breakaway earlier this week. The USCG reported that the medevac took place approximately 165 miles east of Virginia Beach. The woman was reported to have been suffering abdominal pain. The medevac operation was launched from the Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and included an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 aircraft crew. The crew retrieved the passenger together with a ship's nurse and transported them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. According to the Coast Guard News, the woman was in stable condition.

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October 6, 2015

Cargo Ship El Faro with 28 American Crew Members aboard Sunk Off the Bahamas

El_Faro_Sinking_Law.jpgThe United States Coast Guard confirms that the 790 foot cargo ship El Faro went down off the Bahamian coast with 28 American crew members aboard. The 41-year-old vessel was sailing from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico to deliver cargo. It is reported that the vessel lost power while trying to sail around the approaching Hurricane Joaquin near Crooked Island. With no power the crew took a direct hit from a weather system which had estimated 140 mile per hour winds producing waves up to fifty feet. The Coast Guard found a 225 square mile debris field from the El Faro days after communication was lost. Within it was the awful discovery of a deceased crew member in his survival suit. At the time of this blog entry, no survivors have been found. The Coast Guard is continuing its search. The El Faro's owner, Tote Maritime, has set up a website providing periodic updates.

What makes this maritime tragedy unique is that the El Faro is American flagged and crewed by 28 United States seamen along with Polish nationals. This allows the crew members and their families to be protected by United States Maritime Law including the Jones Act and Death on the High Seas Act. This body of law allows surviving crew members to recover compensation for both the physical and psychological trauma sustained from any negligence of Tote Maritime or unseaworthiness of the vessel. Maritime law also allows the families of lost crew members to recover their loved ones' future earnings as well spousal and parental support which they otherwise would have received but for the accident. The Jones Act also allows the family to recover pre-death pain and suffering.

We sincerely hope that crew members will shortly be found alive. The Maritime Law Blog will continue to post about this event as facts become known.

October 2, 2015

Coast Guard Rescues 80-Year-Old Woman Sailing aboard Carnival Pride

medevac_rescue_ 80_year_old_woman_aboard_Carnival_Pride.jpgThis past Saturday, the United States Coast Guard ("USCG") rescued an 80-year-old woman sailing aboard the Carnival Pride. The USCG, Sector North Carolina, received an emergency call that the woman was experiencing health complications. The USCG helicopter arrived at approximately 3:15 p.m. The helicopter crew was able to hoist the woman from the cruise ship onto the helicopter, where she was then flown to Carteret General Urgent Care in Morehead City, NC. According to the latest media reports, the woman remains in stable condition. No further information has been released regarding the unspecified health complications the woman suffered while sailing aboard the Carnival Pride.



September 23, 2015

Fatal Boating Collision off Watch Hill Light, RI

Krupinski Peggy K Death.jpgThe U.S. Coast Guard has reported that a 60-foot Princess yacht collided with a 25-foot commercial fisherman's vessel, southwest of Watch Hill Lighthouse. The collision occurred early Tuesday morning at approximately 10:00 a.m. The collision caused the fisherman's vessel to capsize, and the 81-year-old fisherman aboard the vessel sadly died.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the deceased fisherman. However, the has reported that the fisherman's friends at Walker's Dock have identified him as Walter Krupinski, a commercial rod-and-reel fisherman who apparently sold his catch at Stonington Town Dock. The identity of the yacht operator has also not been released, but the operator was reportedly not injured. The Coast Guard escorted the yacht away from the collision scene.

An investigation is underway but sea conditions were rough at the time of the collision. The investigation will be conducted by Westerly police and officers from the State Department of Environmental Management's law enforcement division. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. Krupinski.



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September 22, 2015

Operator Who Left the Scene of a Biscayne Bay Boating Accident Wanted by Law Enforcement

FWC Biscyane Bay Accident.jpgThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for a boater who left the scene of an accident last Sunday after his boat injured a man in Miami's Biscayne Bay. According to law enforcement, the victim was helping the other person push their boat off and was badly cut by the propeller. The boat operator then left the scene. The victim was brought by fireboat to Sea Isle Marina and then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The boat is described as white, 20 feet long with a different color Bimini top.

Federal law requires that a boater involved in an accident to remain at the scene and render necessary assistance to each injured person to save that person from danger caused by the marine casualty, so far as the individual in charge can do so without serious danger to his vessel, himself or individuals on board.

If you have any information about the identity of the boat operator, please contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's 24 hour hot-line at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

September 22, 2015

Woman Evacuated Off Carnival Cruise Ship

Sick Carnival Passenger.jpgThe Coast Guard released video footage of its medical evacuation of a 24-year-woman off the Carnival Imagination cruise ship. The passenger ocean liner was off the coast of Point Loma, California when the Coast Guard received a call that the woman was showing signs of an acute appendicitis. San Diego sector's flight surgeon recommended that she be medically evacuated by one of the Coast Guard's MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and taken to an area hospital for emergency treatment. The woman was hoisted into the helicopter approximately 50 miles from the California coast and transferred to awaiting EMS. She was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Her condition is unknown. There is no word as to whether the woman was a passenger or member of the ship's crew. The Carnival Imagination makes weekly sailings to Mexico from Los Angeles.

September 21, 2015

One Dies Four Injured in Florida Intracoastal Waterway Boating Accident

Pompano Beach Boat Accident.jpgSeveral news agencies are reporting a fatal boating accident which occurred last Saturday night in the Pompano Beach, Florida Intracoastal Waterway. Though no eye witnesses have yet to be identified, at least one person heard the accident. Tracia Latino stated that she was watching television at her home when she heard a crash which sounded like thunder. Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is investigating the incident, said two boats, one carrying five people and the other carrying two collided around 8:21 p.m. Authorities were notified that one person went missing after the crash. The Coast Guard halted all boat traffic for several hours in order to conduct a search for the missing boater. After a long search by several agencies throughout the night, the body of the missing man was recovered Sunday afternoon. Law enforcement later identified the man as William Alfred Ineson, Jr.

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