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Seaman missing after tugboat sinking in Gulf of Mexico

A seaman is still missing after the tugboat he was on sank in the Gulf of Mexico early Monday morning. Four crew members were aboard the Crosby Commander at the time of the sinking which occurred 30 nautical miles off Louisiana. Three managed to escape in a life raft, but the fourth member was unaccounted


Florida radio host interviews Attorney Matthew Shaffer; reflects on Deepwater Horizon disaster

  Radio talk show host -Rick Outzen-  is known in Pensacola for his extensive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the victims and families who were affected by it, including SMSH client- Blair Manuel. After catching sight of SMSH’s news release on the Deepwater Horizon movie and the remembrance of client Blair Manuel and his family, it


SMSH Legal remembers Deepwater Horizon client in wake of movie release

Deepwater Horizon was released nationwide today in theaters, more than six years after the explosion claimed the lives of 11 crew members and left an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.  The movie is expected to chronicle the events that led up to and during the catastrophe in what


El Faro Data Recorder Brought to Surface

Recorder hopes to bring light to sinking investigation. SMSH Legal reported back in April  that the voyage data-recorder of the El Faro had been located on the ocean floor of the Bahamas. It was finally retrieved Monday night by USNS Apache crewmembers, bringing a glimmer of hope into discovering what challenges the crewmembers faced the


Hurricane Season Travelling Tips

We’re still in the beginning months of the Atlantic hurricane season, and even though Houstonians have experienced a three-year drought of hurricane activity, there’s always travel plans to consider as plenty of summertime hot spots can be affected. Currently, Tropical Storm Earl is expected to make landfall Thursday in Belize, a popular tourist destination.  While


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


July 4th – Drinking and Driving

Independence Day Norms: Independence Day weekend has returned once again. July 4th is one of the most celebrated U.S. holidays! Most families will be out of school and will have a few extra days of vacation. Texas being one of the more spread out states, the average Texan drives much further than each year than most


Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed a Maritime Accident Lawsuit for Injured Client

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed by Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service, LLC and was working on the M/V Sonny Gates, a towing vessel, at the time of the incident. The client was taking a barge out of the fleet of another


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