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March 27, 2011

Fisherman Aboard the Atlantic Prince Out of New Bedford Airlifted to Massachusetts General

Rhode Island News reports the captain of the New Bedford fishing vessel Atlantic Prince radioed the Coast Guard on the night of March 15 that a 26-year-old crewmember suffered an eye injury and required immediate medical attention. At the time of the injury, the fishing vessel was about 50 miles south of Block Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted the fisherman to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he was reported to be in stable condition.

January 29, 2011

New Bedford Fisherman Found Died After Slipping on Icy Ramp 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 20, 2011

Boston Area Fisherman Medevaced Off Fishing Vessel Jennifer Anne

Cape Cod 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 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 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.

December 29, 2010

3 Florida Panhandle Fishermen Rescued in Jupiter

WMBB 13 reports Vicki Trickey, 50, of Wewahitchka, Christopher Goodwin, 28, of Southport and boat operator Richard Lancaster, 60, of Port St. Joe were able to swim to shore after hours in the water on December 27, 2010. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission theorize that their 20' vessel hit a large wave and capsized. The fishermen were treated on-scene for hypothermia.

November 20, 2010

Oregon Crabber Severs Fingertips While Hauling Pots Off Bodega Bay

The Santa Rosa reports an Oregon man aboard the crab boat Carmillo severed the tips of two fingers on November 19, 2010 as he pulled the last crab pots onto the vessel about a half mile outside Bodega Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard stated the fisherman's fingertips were severed when they got caught in the crab block pulley system used to haul the crab pots on deck.

Fellow fishermen aboard the Carmillo reported the emergency to the Coast Guard. The fisherman was conscious and standing up when the Coast Guard arrived. The Coast Guard bandaged the hand and took him to shore. There a Bodega Bay Fire Department ambulance took the fisherman to Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol for further treatment.

November 16, 2010

Coast Guard Finds One Lobsterman Dead and One Alive After Their Vessel Jacquelyn Ann Capsized Near the Boston Harbor Islands

The reports the U.S. Coast Guard found 2 missing lobstermen after their vessel Jacquelyn Ann capsized near the Boston Harbor Islands. The Jacquelyn Ann left Wessagusset Yacht Club in Weymouth, Massachusetts on November 14, 2010 to retrieve lobster traps set near Hull Gut. After the Jacquelyn Ann was reported as being overdue, the Coast Guard launched boat crews from Station Boston and Station Point Allerton and a rescue helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Cape Cod. One lobsterman was found on Little Brewster Island and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment. The second lobsterman was found "unresponsive" in the water and was later pronounced dead.

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October 30, 2010

F/V Miss Alberta Capsized off Amelia Island, Florida Killing Long Time Shrimper Bruce Chirst

Bruce Christ a crew member of the Mayport, Florida shrimp boat Miss Alberta died October 25, 2010 when the vessel capsized near Amelia Island, Florida. The NOAA weather buoy off St. Augustine, Florida recorded 5 feet seas with winds gusting to 21 mph when the vessel capsized. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Karen Parker reported the Miss Alberta took on water quickly in the lower compartments. Two of the other fishermen on board swam out an open window when the vessel began to roll over. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard are continuing their investigation.

Commercial fishing is the most dangerous job in the nation. Fishermen face many perilous situations which are simply not present in land based occupations. Thankfully, maritime law protects the families of fishermen who unfortunately die while working the sea. If you like to learn more about maritime law as it relates to fishermen death claims, we invite you to read the following articles: