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Old 04-10-2012, 04:18 AM
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Lobstermanís Widow Sues Over Boat-Crash Death

The widow of a Maine lobsterman is suing another lobsterman for a 2010 boat collision that killed her husband.

Frank Jordan, of Winter Harbor, died after his boat was struck by a lobster boat operated by 38-year-old Phil Torrey. The Bangor Daily News says the Coast Guard is also seeking a $30,000 civil penalty against Torrey for his role in the crash.


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Old 04-10-2012, 12:56 PM
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They'll end up paying something. Even though he said he had the right of way, he still violated the nav rules by not keeping a proper lookout.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by slapshot View Post
They'll end up paying something. Even though he said he had the right of way, he still violated the nav rules by not keeping a proper lookout.
How would you know if he had proper lookout or not?
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by lobstercatcher View Post
How would you know if he had proper lookout or not?
He might have read this:

"Torrey told investigators he wasn't paying attention when his boat crashed into Jordan's boat in Frenchman Bay."

http://www.kjonline.com/news/Lawsuit...obsterman.html
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Originally Posted by slapshot View Post
They'll end up paying something. Even though he said he had the right of way, he still violated the nav rules by not keeping a proper lookout.

Just as a reminder, the 'right of way' only applies to boats that are not crashing into each other. Per the nav rules, you MUST YIELD the right of way to avoid a collision.

You are spot on about the need to maintain a proper lookout.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:57 PM
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Lack of insurance payout may be due to some contributory negligence by the hitee.

That "lookout" thing goes both ways.
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