Category: Boating Accidents
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said there were a combined 16 personal watercraft (PWC) accidents with 15 injuries in Charlotte, Collier, and Lee Counties in 2019.
The 4th of July weekend is approaching and many Floridians will be celebrating by taking their boats out on the water. In 2019, Florida continued to lead the nation in reportable boating accidents with 723 accidents.
Because of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place requirements, many boaters have not been able to participate in boating activities during the last few months. As COVID-19 restrictions are lowered, more boating is anticipated, along with more boating accidents.
On March 24, 2020, NBC News reported that Florida’s attorney general, Ashley Moody, was investigating reports into allegations that Norwegian Cruise Line downplayed the severity of COVID-19 when its sales team responded to customer concerns about the safety of cruise packages.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the No Sail Order for cruise ships that went into effect in March has been extended. More specifically, the order halts cruise ship operations in waters in which the United States has jurisdiction, and it requires them to create a detailed operational plan that addresses the Coronavirus pandemic by using maritime-focused solutions. The plan, which should work to help prevent, mitigate, and respond to the...
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says Florida leads the nation in the number of registered vessels with close to a million. The consequence of this volume makes Florida also lead the nation in the number of annual boating fatalities.
Florida has a beautiful coast that attracts many boating enthusiasts. Our legal boat charter companies are doing a wonderful and safe job protecting their passengers and giving them a good time out on the water. However, the U.S. Coast Guard warns us of the dangers of illegal charters, and we wish to share this information with you.
Jet skiing is very popular in Southwest Florida and is enjoyed throughout the year. To the observer, it may look like an easy pastime, but since they can travel over 60 mph on top of the water, it can be risky.
Use of marijuana laws are changing quickly in the United States. Even if cannabis is legal in your state, the federal government still considers it a Schedule I drug.
Investigating authorities report that boating under the influence was the cause of a July 4th jet ski accident by the Sanibel Causeway.