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Hawaii boat propeller accident rekindles call for propeller guards

Faith Kalei-Imaizumi was participating in the Pailolo Challenge canoe race, a 26 mile race downwind from Maui to Molokai on Saturday 17 September 2016. During the race, escort boats bring out fresh crew members in exchange for tired crew members. Faith was in an escort boat. Her hat fell into the water, she dove in […]

Marion Irving de Cruz passed from this life 18 May 2016: Emilo’s Mom

Marion Irving de Cruz lost a long battle with medical issues and passed from this life at her California home on Wednesday afternoon May 18, 2016. Know by many as a long time advocate for boat propeller safety, founder of SPIN (Stop Propeller Injuries Now, and by the boating industry as “one of those crazy […]

Propeller Safety Year in Review 2015

A brief review of the major propeller safety events in 2015 including safety meetings, accidents, legal cases, deaths of those involved in the movement, statistics, patents, articles published, public service announcements, anniversaries, regulations, and other related events.

Unprotected Propellers Can Maim and Kill: AFLOAT December 2014

AFLOAT, an Australian boating magazine published an article on the dangers of boat propellers in their December 2014 issue. The article includes news clips from two recent high profile propeller accidents involving children down under. 1. A 12 year-old New Zealand school was seriously stuck on the arm when the rowing team skiff was struck […]

Propeller Safety Year in Review 2014

A review of the major propeller safety events in 2014 including safety meetings, accidents, legal cases, deaths of those involved in the movement, statistics, patents, articles published, public service announcements, anniversaries, regulations, and other related events.

UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) backs off prop guard statement

Cian Williams, then 13, was struck by a boat propeller in August 2012 in Wales. Since the strike, Cian and his mother have been among the leading propeller safety advocates in the UK. Cian has been gathering names on a petition to change Welsh law to require propeller guards on boat propellers. In the wake […]

Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines, et al.

On March 10, 2011 Michael Meyer, about age 65 at time of the accident, and his wife (Luz Hilda Meyer) were on a cruise at St. Lucia, a Caribbean island. They were cruising on the Carnival cruise ship, the M/V Carnival Victory. On this day, they went on a St. Lucia shore excursion trip Michael […]

David Schulman representative of the Estate of Casey Schulman v. Semester at Sea, et al.

We previously covered the Casey Schulman propeller accident. The 20 year-old young woman from Falls Church, Virginia was struck and killed by the propeller of a snorkel tour boat while visiting the Caribbean island of Dominica as part of a University of Virginia Semester at Sea program. Her father, David Schulman, filed a lawsuit in […]

Rating Propeller Guards per USCG’s New Propeller Test Procedure: the Numbers

We examine the propeller guard Rating system and the numbers and data behind those Ratings as defined by the new U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) / American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Propeller Guard Test Procedure. The new propeller guard test procedure (originally called the Propeller Guard Test Protocol) assigns ratings (typically 0,1,2,3) to prop guards […]

Blunt Trauma & Biomechanics of Boat Propeller & Propeller Guard Strikes: Part 1

Introduction The boating industry often cites the dangers of being struck by a propeller guard as a reason for not using them. They claim boat propeller guards exhibit a much larger cross sectional area than an unguarded propeller and as a result those in the water are much more likely to be struck by the […]