Fire on Tug in Lake Ontario Injures Crewmembers

On March 27, 2012 at around 2:00 a.m. a U.S Flagged tug Patrice McAllister caught fire with six people aboard in Canadian waters of Lake Ontario. U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard rescue crews responded to the vessel located seven miles south of Prince Edward Point, Ontario. One injured crewmember was medically evacuated by Canadian helicopter crew and taken to a hospital in Belleville, Ontario, and was later transferred to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. The other five crewmembers were taken aboard a Canadian Coast Guard vessel and taken to Kingston, Ontario. Their current conditions are unknown. Yesterday, a commercial salvage vessel towed the Patrice McAllister to a freight dock in Clayton, New York where it will be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Crewmembers injured aboard the Patrice McAllister may have claims against the vessel owner under the Jones Act and/or the doctrine of seaworthiness. For more information and a free, no obligation consultation regarding claims under the Jones Act or the doctrine of unseaworthiness please call our office at 866-377-0191.

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