On Monday, August 10, 2009, the Coast Guard reported that it received a call at 4:30 a.m. that a boat had capsized and one of the three men who were in the boat was missing. The Coast Guard unit in New Orleans immediately launched a search team to assist with local law enforcement. According to the Coast Guard, the man was located approximately 150 feet from shore. The 40 year old man was rescued by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer and was hoisted into a MH-65C Dolphin Helicopter where he was then transferred to Emergency Medical Services and taken to a local hospital. The Court Guard states his condition is unknown.
The law office of Beard Stacey Trueb & Jacobsen, LLP urges all mariners to use extreme caution when boating at night and to wear all proper safety equipment, especially life jackets. The maritime lawyers at BSTJ, LLP represent injured mariners throughout the nation in claims involving the Jones Act and General Maritime Law. For any questions regarding maritime law or injuries sustained while working aboard a vessel, contact us at 206.282.3100 or visit our website at www.atsealawyer.com.