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A deadly boating accident on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin left an Illinois woman dead. Christina Ann Tully, of Chicago, was wakeboarding on Saturday afternoon when she fell off her wakeboard. She was waiting in the water for her boat to pick her up when a second boat passed by and struck Tully with its propeller, killing her. The driver of the other boat said that he had not seen Tully, and authorities have declined to charge someone as neither of the drivers were drinking alcohol at the time. Police further state that an impending storm had made the waters choppy, with two to three foot high waves. There is no word yet whether Tully’s family will seek to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Hundreds of people are missing after a ferry boat accident took place on high seas. A combination of weather and an inability to reach life boats have created a search for more survivors. So far only 38 boat accident survivors have been located. The boat company has suspended other transportation while an investigation is taking place to determine what caused the boat accident. There is hope that some survivors still remain although it is unlikely any will be found at all but even seriously injured passengers would be better than none at all. To read about this tragic accident & the heroic tales of some of the ferry accident survivors click here.

John Perconti of the Chicago Injury Law Firm Levin & Perconti and David K. Kremin of David K. Kremin & Associates (Chicago) settled a case for $4.5 million through mediation before the Honorable Donald P. O’Connell on behalf of James Talbot against Material Service Corporation (Lyons, Illinois) for their failure to provide a safe workplace. Perconti sued James’ employer under the Jones Act, a federal law that allows deckhands and crewmen on boats and barges to recover damages from their employers for injuries sustained on the job. As a result, James’ right leg was crushed between two barges and his right leg had to be amputated above the knee in order to save his life.

When twenty-four-year old James Talbot learned that there was a job opening at Material Service Corporation (MSC), he was excited about the prospect of earning his living on a commercial vessel on the river. James’ new job with MSC involved him working on towboats and barges on the Chicago River System to deliver aggregates (stone, sand, and gravel) for use in commercial and residential building construction. James knew that this would be hard work but was anxious to be trained in his new vocation.

On the day of the accident, September 18, 2004 at 1:00 a.m., James was still an inexperienced deck hand in training. He was assigned to work on board a towboat called ‘Alfred Hagerty” which was attached to the bow of an empty barge at the Ozinga facility on the South branch of the Chicago River. James was assigned to couple an empty barge (the 9301) which was already in tow, with an empty barge (the 9903) at a facility known as Prairie Material 32 in the River North area.

Two wrongful death lawsuits were recently filed after a 15 year old girl died in a parasailing accident in Florida. The 15 year old girl’s sister was also parasailing with her at the time of the accident, and she suffered serious personal injuries. The two girls were severely injured when they were thrown into the roof of a hotel and several trees. At the time, there was a weather advisory warning of thunderstorms and strong wind. The lawsuits name the company providing the parasailing service, the boat captain, and the Wyndham resort where the family was staying. Through the lawsuits, the parents hope to stimulate increased regulation of companies that offer parasailing.

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