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Kali Gorzell

Kali Gorzell

On March 15, 2013 Texas Representative Lyle Larson filed HR 986 in the Texas House of Representatives. The bill honors the life of Kali Gorzell of San Antonio who was killed in a propeller accident on July 20, 2012.

The bill was placed on the Congratulations and Memorial Resolution Calendar on March 27, 2013.

HR 986 recounts some of the accomplishments of this remarkable young woman, whose life was taken in a boat propeller accident at just 16 years of age.

Kali excelled at volleyball, was an honor roll student, participated in youth events at Community Bible Church, and cheered on her teammates and her brother in his golf tournaments. She was known for her upbeat personality and bright, adventuresome spirit.

Live Like Kali stamp

Live Like Kali stamp

Her classmates at Smithson Valley High adopted the motto, “Live Live Kali” to encourage themselves to live every moment to the fullest, just as Kali did.

The House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas Legislature pay tribute to her memory, and extend sympathy to her family and friends. When the Texas House of Legislature adjourns on this date, they will do so in her memory.


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0 Categories : Propeller Safety News

Madi Abeid published, “Boat Propeller Guards: A Smart Choice” in a March 18, 2013 special issue of the Cape Cod Times. She was drawn to the topic after her sister was struck by a boat propeller in July 2012.

Madi notes that if a guard had been installed her sister would not have spent most of the summer in the hospital, that boating injuries occur more frequently than most people think, that marine life can also be struck by propellers, and she iterates the objections raised to propeller guards. Madi concludes with, as responsible boat owners consider the arguments from both sides, she thinks they will seriously consider using propeller guards.

She presents an excellent synopsis of the situation, but the most remarkable point is left out. Madi Abeid is a seventh-grader at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This young girl who may not even be a teenager yet, has an excellent grasp on the issues the industry and propeller safety advocates have been debating for decades. Read More→

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Mark Barhanovich

Mark Barhanovich

Mark Barhanovich (deceased)is the defendant in a Jones Act suit by C.F. Bean regarding the September 16, 2012 boating accident in which Mr. Barhanovich is alleged to have struck a dredge pipe near Deer Island, Mississippi.

We previously covered the accident in detail at Mark Barhanovich Boat Propeller Accident at Deer Island Near Biloxi, MS: Dredge Pipe Strike?”.

The current lawsuit is:
In the Matter of C.F. Bean LLC, as Owner Pro Hac Vice and Operator, and Bean Meridian LLC, as the Record Owner, of the Barge Bean 20, Official 627225, Praying for Exoneration from or Limita v. Mark Barhanovich. Filed 15 March 2013 in Federal Court in Mississippi Southern District Court.

The motive behind C.F. Bean and Bean Meridian in filing the case is an attempt to limit any potential liability on their part. They are doing this by claiming the Jones Act applies. In the U.S. (with the exception of some states and some situations), the liability for damages and injuries caused by a vessel in navigable waters is limited to the value of the vessel and its contents (freight) after the incident. Back in 1851 when Congress passed the Limitation of Liability Act (now part of the Jones Act), their intent was to reduce the potential liability of ship owners. Congress reduced their potential liability to encourage investment and competition in waterborne commerce (shipping and transportation). Read More→

0 Categories : Legal Shorts