Boat Accidents

Sailors rescued, boat abandoned

Three sailors were rescued 28 miles east of the St. Johns River in Florida after their 30-foot sailing vessel, Second Wind, was disabled and sustained sail damage.

A legendary offshore danger

Colliding with a water-logged shipping container in the middle of a gale is a sailor’s worst nightmare, but that’s exactly what happened to Capt. Andrew Segal one November evening while sailing his Pearson 530 from Newport to Bermuda.

Coast Guard investigates tall ship tragedy

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the sinking of HMS Bounty approximately 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Oct. 29, 2012, during Hurricane Sandy. The sinking came several hours following the crew’s decision to abandon ship after the…

Here comes the emergency tow

To the editor: My wife and I had one of those “learning experiences” this summer. We were on a three-week-long trip to the Broughton Archipelago — up towards the north end of Vancouver Island — as a vacation, sure, but…

Blog analyzes Concordia tragedy from marine perspective

The blog gCaptain has a special section up analyzing many aspects of the recent demise of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, including some interesting material not found in the mainstream press. For example, it is reported that the president of…

Boat fatality rate continues decline

The U.S. Coast Guard has released its annual publication, Recreational Boating Statistics 2010. In 2010 the Coast Guard counted 4604 accidents and 672 deaths, which translates to a fatality rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This represents a…

Galileo satnav system in crisis

 According to a report from the BBC, the European equivalent of GPS known as Galileo is having a rough patch and will need additional funding from European governments for the system to be built. The private consortium put together to…

Sydney Hobart hopeful dismasted

 It appears one boat owner and crew will not be having a happy Christmas this year. The 90-foot maxi boat Diabetes, a leading contender for 2006 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race due to start on December 26, was dismasted on Wednesday, December…

Sailboat and bulker collision on Long Island Sound

The next issue of Professional Mariner will include coverage of the fatal collision in late September involving a 600-foot-long bulk carrier and a 92-foot sailboat on Long Island Sound. Visibility was good at the time. A New York pilot was…