One thing that many New Yorkers look forward to doing over the summer is getting out on the water in their boats. This uptick in water vessels during this time of the year doesn't come without dangers. There are some common reasons why individuals get hurt while at sea during this time of the year.
One of the first things that captains learn in their seamanship classes is about how to best handle their water vessels if they come upon rough seas. There can be severe damage to the boat and mass human casualties if a captain doesn't take proactive measures in instances like this.
Although no one expects a car accident, most drivers know how to handle one. They may take photographs of the scene for insurance purposes or call the police to report a serious incident. But the process can be unclear in the case of a boating accident, when effects or liability may not be as obvious to victims and their families.
Cruise ships have a certain reputation for being less-than hygenic at the best of times. Some people have even referred to them as "floating Petri dishes" because they essentially put a lot of people together into small spaces and keep them there for a few weeks. That makes it easy for disease like COVID-19 to thrive and spread.
The survivors of a fatal Mattituck boating accident in November have put the Town on Southold on notice that they plan to sue them. They are collectively seeking $30 million for their losses against the New York town.
While recreational boaters can often just head to shore when the sun falls, if they're not comfortable driving at night, the same is not always true for those running commercial vessels. Schedules and jobs may require them to continue boating after dark.
Boating while intoxicated is prohibited in the state of New York. Anyone who is suspected of operating a water vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may have their operator privileges suspended, be fined or imprisoned.
One of the biggest dangers to recreational boaters is boat operators who don't have the proper training. A state law that took effect on Jan. 1 is designed to improve that training. Known as "Brianna's Law," it requires people to pass a safety course before they can operates a motorized boat or other watercraft in the state.
When you hear about a boating accident on the news, it often involves a large cruise ship that came under distress due to hazardous conditions such as poor weather. Large ships sailing out in the middle of the ocean aren't the type of water vessel that's most vulnerable to having an accident though. Small, open boats that congregate in inland waters are at the highest risk for becoming involved in catastrophic incidents instead.
Working on a cruise ship provides the opportunity to enjoy a fast-paced environment while seeing the world. This is why so many people seek employment in this industry.