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Boating Fatalities Rise

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Recently, two people were killed in a boating accident off of Hollywood, according to CBS Miami. Rescue crews, responding to a distress call, arrived to find one person floating in the water who had already drowned. One more person was found dead, while one passenger survived the incident. Stories like this are all too… Read More »


Reporting an Accident, Hit and Run Boating Accidents, and Other Seldom-Known Maritime Laws

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The recent death of two Fort Lauderdale boaters, and the injury of a third, reminds all of us here in South Florida that the open ocean is never a truly safe and sound place. And, when other boaters are added into the mix, accidents are bound to happen. But what are the laws surrounding… Read More »


Lifeboat Accidents

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Even safety protocol and life saving equipment can cause cruise ship injuries and deaths when the proper care and attention are not given, or when equipment fails due to poor construction, manufacturing, or maintenance. Such was the case of a 2016 tragedy aboard the world’s largest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Sea. Late… Read More »


Deadly Weekend of Boating in South Florida

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

According to CBS Miami, a recent weekend was one of the worst ever in South Florida’s history of boating accidents. One person was killed while 12 other people were injured in multiple accidents. The most serious and tragic incident involved the death of one victim during an airboat accident, which, like all of the… Read More »


Drowning Remains a Leading Cause of Death for Children

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Unfortunately, drowning is once again the leading cause of death for Florida children aged one to four years old, according to Naples Herald. No other state sees this number of tragic drowning deaths for children under five years old. In 2015 alone, 84 children died in Florida, from drowning. According to the Florida Department… Read More »


Wrongful Death Aboard Cruise Ship

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Tragically, a man enjoying his vacation aboard a cruise ship was lost overboard last month in the Bahamas. The Carnival Liberty, upon learning that the man went over the railings, turned back to search for him. The U.S. Coast Guard spent over 29 hours searching for the man, and covered over 1,000 square miles,… Read More »


Cruise Ship Slip and Falls

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

While the biggest danger of being an occupant on a motorboat, jet ski, or other small personal watercraft is drowning, the same is not necessarily true for cruise ships, large yachts, and many other super-sized vessels. Cruise ships, which are essentially resort hotels on the water, present an entirely different element of danger if… Read More »


Cruise Ship Sexual Assault

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A former passenger is filing a lawsuit against the SeaDreams Yacht Club over allegations of sexual assault, which occurred back in 2015, according to the Miami Herald. According to the plaintiff, before going to sleep she took her usual sleeping pill that she had been taking for four years, a seasickness pill, and was… Read More »


Boat Crash that Killed Three Caused by Miami Baseball Star

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The deceased Miami Marlins baseball star Jose Fernandez was recently found to be at fault for a boating accident that took his life and the lives of his two passengers (Emilio Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero), according to Straits Times. The crash occurred in September of 2016 in Miami, at night, when the vessel… Read More »


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