Tug Boat Sinks in Houston Ship Channel Resulting in Injuries and Death
On behalf of Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers on Friday, February 12, 2010.
The Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue mission for crew members of a tug boat that sank in the Houston Ship Channel. The J.R. Nichols, a 54 foot tug owned by Kinder Morgan sank near the Sims Bayou turning basin. Four crew members were rescued and treated at a local hospital. The fifth crew member died, and his body was recovered by the rescue mission.The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation of the cause of death of the seaman. Currently it is unclear why the tug boat would sink in the calm waters of the intercoastal waterway. The investigation will look into the navigation activities of the pilot along with the seaworthiness of the vessel.When an industrial, oil rig or boating accident occurs in open and navigable waters, the legal jurisdiction falls under the category of the Jones Act and Maritime Law. If you or a family member has been involved in an accident in the waters that fall under the Jones Act, call Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers today - we are on YOUR side.