A federal lawsuit has been filed by the owner of the Seacor Power lifeboat which seeks to limit the blemishes in the accident and if proved to be liable, to be estimated according to the value of the vessel. The Seacor Power lifeboat was capsized on April 13 near New Orleans which left thirteen people affected whose death hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The lawsuit estimates the value of the lifeboat to about $4.8 m and another $1 m for a death plus the personal injury claim summed up to almost $5.7 m. This lawsuit cites the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851, which limits the damage exposure to injured crewmen, passengers, and guests. The filing disregards the accusations that the lifeboat was dispatched under dangerous situations.
As per the lawsuit, “The weather report received by the captain on the morning of April 13, 2021, forecast afternoon winds and seas well within the Seacor Power’s safe operating limits, and his decision to depart the berth and proceed with the voyage was reasonable and prudent.”
Various survivors and the dear ones of those who died have filed lawsuits against Seacor Marine. Salvage work is still in action and if the Seacor Marine is found liable, the claimants would divide the $5.7 m compensation.