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Two Missing after Tugboat Sinks on the Mississippi

One person has been rescued and two others are still missing after a tugboat capsized on the Mississippi River Monday morning. The Natalie Jean was towing a barge carrying around 600 gallons of fuel before it sank. The Lower Mississippi River is currently closed from mile marker 89 to 90.5, in the Algiers Point area. The


Helicopter crash in Galveston leaves 1 dead, 2 Rescued

A helicopter carrying three people crash landed in the waters of West Galveston Bay Monday night. A pilot and two passengers aboard a Bell 206 were leaving a cargo ship, the Eagle Vancouver, at the time of the unexpected landing. The pilot and one passenger were located and rescued by a boat crew just two-and-a-half


Injured Crew Member was Medevacked Off the Coast of Florida

Florida Maritime Injury An injured crew member was medevacked from a tanker, Eagle Texas, 90-miles east of Jacksonville Florida. A Coast Guard Air Station helicopter crew transported the injured man on Wednesday just before 7 p.m. The man was reported to have sustained a head injury after he fell into a cargo hold. The Eagle


Towing Tugboat Exploded off the Coast of Florida on Monday

Towing tugboat, Thomas Dann, exploded several miles away from Marineland, Florida this past Monday. The engine room began smoking and later erupted into flames as the tug was towing a barge in convoy. Six crew members evacuated the boat via life raft and were later rescued by local fisherman before the fire set off two


Matt Shaffer files lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client, a vessel-based musician employed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Our client sustained serious injuries to his right leg and knee after his lower bunk bed broke.In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Royal Caribbean Ltd. failed to provide a safe working environment and failed to


Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed Lawsuit for Client After Maritime Accident

Matt Shaffer recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed as a captain by The Dutra Group and was ordered to move a barge with the M/V Elbert Lewey push boat in adverse weather conditions. As the client underwent the operation, a wave picked up


Pilot’s Failures Lead to Ship Crash

Pilot’s failure to Communicate Cited as Cause of 2015 Ship Channel Crash A Houston Ship Channel pilot was held responsible for the collision of two ships in 2015  which resulted in a major chemical spill.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that the pilot, who at the time was guiding the Conti Perdot through


Search Suspended for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for 33-year-old Samantha Broberg late Sunday evening after the passenger went missing while aboard the cruise ship Carnival Liberty just three days prior. Video surveillance captured Broberg climbing a railing on the 10th deck of the ship and falling backwards into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 2


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