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, PLLC 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 Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC 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.