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How likely is it that you will fall overboard on your cruise?

If you are like many people, an Alaskan cruise is your idea of the perfect vacation. Sail the seas, enjoy nonstop food and beverages, maybe even see a whale or two. In all likelihood, the possibility of falling overboard has never entered your mind. Nevertheless, MarketWatch reports that in the past 18 years, approximately 300 people went missing from cruise ships and/or ferries, presumably from going overboard

The sad case of the Destination

On Feb. 9, 2017, the Destination, a 110-foot-long crabbing boat, pulled up anchor in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and headed out into the Bering Sea. Neither it nor its six passengers were ever seen again. As reported by the Anchorage Daily News, David Wilson, president of the corporation who owned the boat, received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard on February 11, informing him that it found the Destination’s emergency locator beacon about three miles northwest of St. George Island

Cruise ship fights result in injuries, unsatisfied guests

Among many other tourist attractions, Alaska is known for its cruises through breathtaking scenery. When vacationers book a cruise, they are looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the last things they expect on a commercial cruise is to get involved in a fight with other passengers or to be treated roughly by the cruise line’s staff.

What you need to know about the Jones Act

Alaska has a thriving commercial shipping industry, much of it related to tourism. Consequently, many Alaska workers are employed on ships in a variety of capacities. Should they suffer an injury or contract an illness during the course of their employment, even if not actually on board at the time, the Jones Act allows them to recover their medical costs, daily living expenses and lost wages from their employer.

Various levels of severity in maritime accidents

There are few things as essential to the character of Alaska as the water. It has the most extensive coastline of any state, a fact leading to a bustling maritime industry composed of tourism, fishing and freight. More activity on the water inevitably leads to a higher incidence of mistakes, some of which result in a significant enough loss to necessitate legal action.

How can you prevent accidents at sea?

The cruise manual for the National Science Foundation's Sikuliaq boldly states that "virtually all accidents" are preventable. If anyone can make a statement that bold, certainly the NSF can. They, along with the University of Alaska Fairbanks' College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, operate Sikuliaq, "one of the most advanced research vessels in the world." In the manual for operating the sophisticated ship, mariners establish safety guidelines to protect Alaskans from avoidable injuries. Even if your boat is much smaller and less technologically driven, and you use it mostly for fishing runs with family and friends, following these recommendations can help you keep both passengers and crew safer when navigating ocean waters.

Injuries sustained on cruise ships

When you go on a cruise in Alaska, you usually expect to have a good time, not sustain injuries. Some people are injured on cruise ships, though. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we know that receiving compensation for these wounds can be more complicated than you may think.

A look at the 2016 maritime accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board has published it’s Safer Seas Digest for 2016, which details several maritime accidents that occurred in various locations throughout the world. Two of these occurred in Alaska. The NTSB provides a list of “lessons learned” in order to assist mariners in the prevention of accidents in the future and the reduction of risk.

What sort of accidents and injuries occur on boats?

Anyone who enters Alaska's waters opens themselves up to the possibility of being injured at sea. Some situations are certainly far more dangerous than others. For example, deep sea fishing vessels are much more likely to report back injuries or even fatalities than a cruise ship. However, due to the potential of injury in any situation, it's good to have Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider on your side.

What are common accidents on commercial fishing boats?

Alaskan fishers like you risk life and limb in order to make a living. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we take a detailed look at the most common types of accidents you might face on any commercial fishing vessel so you can prepare yourself to combat these dangers in the future.

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