Working off-shore or on an ocean vessel is dangerous and rewarding work. It can allow workers financial freedom in a unique and needed field. And, as anyone that works off-shore or on a vessel knows, the U.S. Coast Guard is always on duty to help save their lives. Recently, this was demonstrated off the coast of Alaska.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, last week, a sailing vessel ran aground and was taking on water near in an area known as Slocum Arm. The area is about 30 miles northwest of Sitka, Alaska, so Coast Guard Air Station Sitka responded. They sent a helicopter and cutter to the boat and helped patch and drain the boat. After saving the two crew members, they towed the boat to safety.
While it does not appear that anyone was injured in this accident, it is a nice reminder that accidents do happen, and maritime workers have rights under the Jones Act, if injured. Also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act gives maritime workers the right to sue their employers for injuries that occur while at sea, if those injuries were the result of a negligent crew, captain or ship owner. Compensation is for all expenses, including medical bills and lost wages.
Help is available
The key takeaway is that help is available for maritime workers in New York, New York, and for any U.S. resident that is injured at sea or any major seaports across the country. This can be in the form of a rescue from the Coast Guard or from an attorney through the Jones Act. The key is that there are options when accidents happen.