Every occupation comes with certain related risks and hazards. For the men and women who work aboard barges, ocean liners, commercial fishing ships and other sea vessels; the inherent dangers are often more numerous and significant in nature. In cases where a man or woman, who works aboard a sea vessel and aid's in the "fulfillment of the vessel's mission," is injured while working; he or she may take legal action to recover compensation under a federal law known as the Jones Act.
With swimming pools, restaurants, shopping and dance clubs aboard; many of today's cruise ships are more akin to floating cities than ships. The cruise industry is enjoying a growth in popularity as the American Association of Port Authorities reports that from 2003 to 2013, there was a 77 percent increase in demand for cruise vacations which equated to roughly $117 billion in revenue worldwide.
It is summertime, and people are finally starting to take their breaks from work and school. Many are heading out on their vacations. As Rhode Island residents have quick access to open water, taking cruises is something many are likely to do with their vacation days. While no one wants to think it will happen, accidents do occur while traveling, and the damages suffered from a maritime personal injury can be quite substantial.
Usually when you hear about a boating accident, you don't expect there to be any good news in the story. Even in the following story, this is only partially true -- but the heroism displayed by some firefighters to save the life of a man whose boat capsized is something to savor in regards to boating accidents.