The Marine Accident Investigation Branch latest Safety Digest details three recreational boating accidents where those involved were either seriously injured or killed.
The below linked article by Laura Hodgetts gives a summary of what went wrong in each case and the lessons to be learned. In many cases accidents can be avoided.
The article reminded me of a case that i was instructed upon and concluded recently in the Admiralty Division of the High Court. I acted for a man who was a passenger on a RIB that had been chartered by his employer for a day out. The day was classified as a "treasure hunt" and the RIB would be taken across the waters to the Isle of White. An expert weather report confirmed the conditions to be very poor, and an expert in powerboats gave evidence that the RIB was negligently handled by the skipper. An expert orthopaedic surgeon, with a background in the Navy, concluded that our client sustained spinal injury as a result of how the RIB was handled - slamming into the waves. The case was defended but ultimately we succeeded. Had the skipper handled the RIB with more care then the injury probably would have been avoided.
Moore Blatch Solicitors in Southampton, a City at the heart of marine activity, offer a wealth of experience for acting on behalf of those who unfortunately suffer serious injury or are tragically bereaved as a result of boating or watersports accidents.
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