Iraq War Veteran Killed in a Boating Collision on the St. Johns River

The Associated Press reports Iraq War veteran Jamie Orsten was kill on October 22, 2010 when the boat he was aboard collided with another watercraft while on the St. Johns River near the I-4 bridge. Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states Orsten was thrown from his boat and later recovered by divers from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the St. John’s River is navigable — meaning that it can be used to transport boats to the Atlantic Ocean — maritime law (not Florida tort law) controls any claims by Mr. Orsten’s estate and family against any wrongdoers. If you wish to learn more about the maritime law as it relates to this type of situation, feel free to read the following article.