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Wrongful death of victim caused by accident in Alaska

Some occupations put their employees at risk more often than others, especially if human error can be a factor. Accidents can quickly occur before anyone has time to realize what is happening, and they can injure or kill anyone involved. The various ships that travel along the coasts of the United States can be dangerous for their crew members if simple mistakes are made. Unfortunately, a fatal accident off the coast of Alaska recently caused the wrongful death of one of the crew members of a ship.

The accident took place on the night of March 11 at around 9 p.m. when an explosion occurred on the ship. The crew of the vessel was making repairs on the ship when it is believed that some type of fuel was leaking and was ignited by welding that was occurring nearby. This caused an explosion that blew a door off of its hinges and struck the victim.

The victim was a 48-year-old crew member who was on board at the time of the accident. He was pronounced deceased by the ship's medic soon after the accident took place. The accident is still under investigation by the Coast Guard and Alaska police.

The family of the deceased victim may have the right to seek monetary compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. Compensation could be used to pay for any final expenses of the victim. Hopefully, this would allow the family to focus on coming to terms with their loss instead of worrying about new bills.

Source: Alaska Public Media, Coast Guard, Unalaska Police Investigate Fatal Accident At Sea, Lauren Rosenthal, March 13, 2014

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