This interesting legal case grew out of the 17 October 2014 boating accident in which a 1500 horsepower boat, M/V The Golden Rule, ran over a snorkeler and struck him with its propeller(s). The boat was a gold colored 43 foot Midnight Express powered by five 300 horsepower Mercury Verado outboard motors.
The snorkeler, Marc Craddock, has brought a suit against the vessel itself. In an interesting twist of events, he openly claims the accident happened in navigable waters to gain access to Admiralty Law. Then under Admiralty Law he is allowed (or purports to be allowed) to claim a maritime lien against the vessel for his injuries due to the negligent operations of the vessel.
The complaint was filed 3 November 2014. Read More→