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Category Archives: Boating Safety Expert

Boat accident collision reconstruction analysis

Cruise Ship Passenger Drowning Case

I. Facts:  1. In December , Mrs. Ls (age 55), accompanied by daughters He (age 28), Fh (age 34), Es and other family members departed Miami on the  Cruise Ship Vr for a cruise which included the Cayman Islands. 2. After departing port the ship’s staff hosted an excursion scheduling and safety presentation. Passe...
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Recent Trial Appearances- 2012

David S. Smith, Ph.D Commander, USCG (RET)   Trial Appearances- 2012     Mervilde, John W:Meils Thompson Dietz & Berish Two Market Square Center, Suite 830 Indianapolis, IN 46204   Re: Phifer v. Smith(child drowning in camp pool) Tried Jan ‘12,                   ...
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Commercial tow boat drowning

I. Facts: 1. Per the Coast Guard Investigation report which involved the area of the River between mile markers 963.2-968: “On 21 June, , while the M/V Ri was moored aft to the CGB  18 fleet, two crewmen ( mate As and deck hand Jd) were washing down the decks when Jd fell into the water. The other crewman, As, attempt...
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Tubing accident case

I. Facts: 1. At approximately 7 PM on June 24, on Beye Lake, a collision occurred between a 23.5 foot, 2004 model  Rinker Captiva motor boat and a tube/tuber being pulled by an 18.5 foot, 1993 Marada motor boat. The Captiva was being operated by Ht; the Marada by Hg. Ms. Rn, being towed behind the Marada was injured in ...
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Boat collision reconstruction

This is a somewhat typical boat collision reconstruction case which went to trial resulting in a plaintiff verdict. As with several other cases, I constructed scale models of the vessels involved for use at deposition and in court. This case also required the use of a scale figure of the operator of the jon boat to indi...
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PWC collision case

This is a typical report concerning a PWC on PWC collision: I.    Facts: 1.   At 12:20 PM on Saturday August 31,  two personal water craft (PWC’s) collided on Lake Wawasee, Kosciusko County. The operator of the 2002 Bombardier Sea-Doo which was struck was Db. The operator of the striking 2001 Bombardier Sea-Do...
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20 Water Safety Questions

                     What's Your H2O (Safety) IQ? By David S. Smith, Ph.D Commander, USCG (RET) The following 20 questions were the basis of a key address to the First International Boating and Water Safety Summit, April 18-25, 1997 in San Diego, California. The Summit was spons...
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