Man Succumbs to Mooring Line Accident Injuries

port of norfolk istock1A mooring line accident in the Port of Longview in Washington has resulted in a second death. The incident occurred as longshoremen were working to reposition a shipping vessel to a different loading hatch. They were doing so with the use of mooring lines. Tragically, one of the lines parted, snapping backwards toward the dock and striking multiple workers. One man died on the scene, while another fought for his life in the hospital but ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Two other workers were also hurt. No word has been given on their current condition.

Investigating Negligence

It’s not clear exactly how or why this accident occurred, but some say that these kinds of incidents are often preventable. An investigation into what led to these tragedies is ongoing, but it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that some form of negligence led to the mooring line parting. A simple miscommunication can have deadly consequences when you’re dealing with heavy equipment and unpredictable colleagues. Some say that these workers should never have been asked to perform this duty to begin with. Instead, some argue, a tugboat should have been hired to safely move the vessel to a different loading hatch.

Options for the Families

Both men killed in this accident leave behind families and loved ones who undoubtedly have many questions about their rights. We encourage the family members of the victims to reach out to a maritime accident lawyer for guidance. In many cases, the surviving family members may be entitled to compensation.

Virginia Maritime Lawyer – Richard Serpe

If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney. Richard Serpe gained a Master’s Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States


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