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What makes small boats particularly dangerous?

Small boats can be fun for many but dangerous as well. U.S. Army data shows that more than 80% of all boating fatalities occur in boats that are less than 26 feet long. Individuals who skipper smaller boats generally have limited boating experience and aren't very familiar with standard boating safety precaution procedures.

COVID-19 strands thousands of seafarers

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant drops in cargo volume at places such as the Port of New York and New Jersey, leading to many longshoremen being out of work. But not only has this global health crisis affected these workers, but also the 200,000 seafarers stranded at sea.

Seldom highlighted reasons why boating accidents occur

Most individuals who hear about a boat accident may think about either intoxicated or inexperienced skippers recklessly operating their water vessels. Other factors are seldom spoken about but are often to blame for some of the most severe boating accidents.

What you can do if your maintenance and cure was ended too soon

Many state and federal laws, including workers' compensation coverage, protect workers if they get hurt on the job. What about seamen and others who work in New York's navigable waters, though? If you hold one of these jobs, then you may wonder what types of protections take care of you if you suffer injuries while at work. You may qualify for maintenance and cure benefits.

Potential dangers during peak lobster season on East Coast

Peak lobster season has arrived in Maine, where the majority of this seafood harvest occurs from June to December. While lobster season goes year-round in the state, lobstermen along the Atlantic coast usually secure their best hauls in the summer and fall. However, this year, the COVID-19 crisis has greatly affected lobster, which continues to remain the state’s primary fishing industry.

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