January 2011 Archives

January 29, 2011

New Bedford Fisherman Found Died After Slipping on Icy Ramp

Boston.com reports New Bedford authorities stated the body of the 47-year-old fisherman was found by a fellow crew member at about 7:30 a.m. on January 28, 2011 floating next to a Gloucester-based herring boat.

New Bedford Detective Lt. Jeffrey Silva said the victim tried to return to the boat at about 1 a.m. after a night of socializing. Surveillance video shows the fisherman trying to pull himself onto a platform and board the vessel, when he slipped and fell 20 feet into the harbor.

January 24, 2011

2 Injured and Unborn Baby Dies in Boat Collision Near Memphis, Florida

BradentonHerald.com reports a boating accident occurred on the night of January 22, 2011 off Memphis, Florida. Two brothers operating different sized Carolina Skiffs collided at a narrow channel know as Flounder Pass. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission reports the boating accident left a 23 year old man and 21 year old woman injured. Both victims were found unconscious in the water. The female victim, who was eight months pregnant, lost her baby as a result of the accident.

January 20, 2011

Boston Area Fisherman Medevaced Off Fishing Vessel Jennifer Anne

Cape Cod Online.com reports that on January 16, 2011 at approximately 3:50 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders in Boston received a report from the captain of the fishing vessel Jennifer Anne that a 53 year old fishermen was experiencing chest pain. The Jennifer Anne was approximately 115 miles east of Cape Anne, Massachusetts when the emergency happened.

An HH-60 rescue helicopter and an HU-25 Falcon Jet were dispatched to aid the injured fisherman. Once on scene the fisherman was hoisted to the helicopter and transported to Cape Cod Hospital. He was reported to be in good condition at 8:45 p.m.

January 20, 2011

Crewmember Medevaced from Fishing Boat Gijon IX 40 Miles Off South Padre Island, Texas

KRISTV.com reports watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a request for a medevac at 10 a.m., on January 11, 2011 from the Mexican Rescue Command Center in Tampico, Mexico, stating that a crewmember aboard the Gijon IX had reportedly suffered a laceration on his head while working on deck. The fishing boat was approximately 40 miles south of South Padre Island, Texas when the accident occurred.

The Coast Guard dispatched a HH-65C Dolphin Helicopter which hoisted the injured fisherman and transported him to Brownsville Air Port wherein he later received care at a local hospital. Coast Guard pilot Derek Mitchell stated, "It was rough weather out there today, but we worked together with our partner agencies and were fortunate to be able to safely medevac this gentleman," The fisherman's condition is unknown.

January 18, 2011

Injured Passenger Aboard the Carnival Pride Cruise Ship Medevaced to Sentara Bayside Hospital in Virginia Beach

WAVY.com reports the Coast Guard medevaced a passenger off the Carnival Pride cruise ship in the Chesapeake Bay Monday to Sentara Bayside Hospital in Virginia Beach.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a call at approximately 10:20 p.m. January 16, 2011 from the Carnival Pride stating a 68 year old passenger needed to be medevaced. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek was dispatched and arrived on scene at approximately 1:20 a.m. The man was transferred from the cruise ship to the boat crew and transported to awaiting EMS. There is no word on the passenger's condition.

January 17, 2011

Fishermen Airlifted off Gloucester Fishing Boat Grace Marie After Serious Injury

The Gloucester Times reports a fishermen aboard the Gloucester-based fishing boat Grace Marie was airlifted by Coast Guard rescue helicopter after being seriously injured.

The Coast Guard reports, the fishing vessel was 10 miles north of Provincetown on December 30, 2010 when Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a call from the Grace Marie captain that a 52 year old crewmember had sustained an arm injury.

A HH-60 rescue helicopter crew, a 47' motor lifeboat crew from Station Provincetown, and the 87' patrol boat Tiger Shark launched immediately to aid the injured man. A boarding team from the Tiger Shark stabilized the fisherman and transferred him to the 47' motor lifeboat to be hoisted by the helicopter crew at midnight.

The crewmember was transported by the helicopter crew to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His condition could not be ascertained. This is the second incident aboard the Grace Marie within six months.

January 16, 2011

Coast Guard Rescues 3 Fishermen aboard the Michael Brandon after Collision

Cape Cod Today reports the Coast Guard dispatched rescue crews to aid fishermen from a fishing vessel taking on water after a collision southeast of Hull, Massachusetts on January 11, 2011.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a distress call from the 600' bulk carrier vessel, West Bay, stating they and the 51' fishing vessel Michael Brandon, collided 20 miles southeast of Hull. The West Bay reported no damage to its hull, but the Michael Brandon had extensive damage to the bow.

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter, from Air Station Cape Cod, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Station Point Allerton, diverted to the scene of the collision.

The helicopter crew, on scene within 30 minutes, lowered a de-watering pump to the fishing vessel to assist with flooding control. Unable to dewater and repair the vessel offshore, the lifeboat crew took the Michael Brandon in tow. The collision is under investigation.

January 16, 2011

Gloucester Fisherman aboard the Sammy Jo Medevaced to Massachusetts General

Cape Cod Today reports an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod medically evacuated a fisherman from the vessel Sammy Jo 70-miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts on January 5, 2010.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a call from the Sammy Jo stating that a 55-year-old male crewmember aboard had sustained a head injury two days before and was now experiencing swelling.

After consulting the flight surgeon at Air Station Cape Cod, the fisherman was medevaced to Massachusetts General Hospital.

January 9, 2011

Holland America Cruise Line Crew Member Dies in Lifeboat Drill

The Dominion Post reports a crew member from the Holland America cruise ship Volendam drown in Christchurch’s Lyttelton Harbour during a lifeboat drill on January 8, 2011.

Reports state two crew members fell into the water after a cable snapped while they were working on a lifeboat hanging on the side of the Volendam. The first crew member, wearing heavy clothing and boots disappeared under the water. The second crew member was able to cling to bucket until he was pulled from the water and taken to a nearby Hospital.

January 8, 2011

Man Drowns in a Hot Tub/Whirlpool at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort

John Van Hoy Sandals Bahamas Drown.jpgJohn Van Hoy, Jr., 33, of Missouri drowned in a hot tub/whirlpool at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort while on vacation with his fiancée Nicole Cleaveland. John became pinned to the suction drain of the hot tub/whirlpool shortly after 11:00 pm on December 28, 2010. Noticing that John did not come up for air, his fiancée yelled for help. Upon hearing her calls, at least five individuals jumped into the hot tub but collectively could not pull John from the bottom suction drain. The suction pump was not turned off promptly and the rescuers, despite valiant efforts, were unable to break the entrapment holding John underwater. By the time John was freed it was too late. Despite CPR efforts, John was pronounced dead.

John is survived by the love of his life, Nicole Cleaveland, and his two sons, Tyler Van Hoy and Landon Cleaveland; his grandparents, Dean and Jackie Van Hoy, grandmother JoAnn Smith, and grandmother Clara Dunagan; his father, John A. Van Hoy; his mother, Myrna (Smith) and Eric Morris; his sister, Deana Van Hoy; his sister and brother-in-law, Arron and Brady Prestia; his brother, James Van Hoy; and his nephew, J.B. Prestia Jr.


The above blog post was recently changed to remove reference to Sandals employees not assisting in the hot tub and/or not providing CPR to John after he was dislodged from the suction drain. These changes are in recognition that Sandals recently contacted the authors of this blog and assert that there were Sandals employees who assisted in the rescue in the whirlpool and that Sandals employees did aid in the attempts to revive Mr. Van Hoy, Jr.

The authors of this blog endeavor to exercise reasonable care and accuracy before any blog is released for publication. Questions of fact, however, have arisen at this juncture regarding whether and to what extent Sandals employees assisted in the hot tub and with life saving efforts after John was freed. In the end, a Judge or Jury may well need to hear all available testimony in this regard and make these determinations at a later time.


The law offices of Brais & Brais have been retained by the victim's family. We request any witnesses, in particular, the persons who tried to save John's life contact the firm.

We continue to request any witness to this tragic event contact the firm.

January 6, 2011

Crystal Cruise Line Crew Member with Eye Injury Medevaced to La Jolla

Mercury New reports that shortly after 2 p.m. on January 3, 2010 the Crystal Cruise Line ship Crystal Symphony radioed the Coast Guard that a crew member suffered an eye injury and needed medical assistance. The Coast dispatched a helicopter from San Diego and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Sacramento to the cruise ship which was approximately 250 miles southwest of San Diego. The crew member was flown to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for treatment.

January 5, 2011

Remains Found After Boat Explodes at Delray Harbor Club Marina

WPBF.com reports burned remains have been found of a person believed to be that of a missing boater after a recreational vessel exploded at the Delray Harbor Club Marina in Delray Beach, Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reports two men were injured and a third missing after the 32-foot boat exploded while refueling shortly after 4:30 p.m. on January 3, 2010. The remains are believed to be the boat owner's cousin Robert Romanelli, 67, of Orange Park. The explosion hospitalized the boat's owner William Ryan, 74, of Highland Beach, and Paul Romanelli, 70, of East Hartford, Conn.

January 5, 2011

Costa Cruise Line Crew Member Drowns at Port Everglades, Florida

The Miami Herald is reporting that a crew member working aboard the Costa cruise ship Altantica drowned at Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) the evening ofJanuary 2, 2010. The crew member, Ramakrishan Balasubramanian, 25 from India, drowned while the cruise ship was docked at port.