Honolulu, HI - Victims Hurt in Boat Accident Near Fort DeRussy
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Honolulu, HI – Victims Hurt in Boat Accident Near Fort DeRussy

March 6, 2024

Honolulu, HI (March 6, 2024) – New details have been released about a 90-foot sailboat that ran aground in waters off Waikiki on Sunday afternoon. Honolulu Ocean Safety and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) sent crews to help remove the vessel.

As of 10:00 a.m. Monday, DLNR said the vessel remained in the same location after salvage crews saw that its hull appeared to have been breached. Ocean Safety says the wooden hull vessel called “Criterion” ran into the reef roughly 500 yards offshore of Fort DeRussy, by Turtle Canyon, just before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Lifeguards and Good Samaritans shuttled the 30 adult passengers to the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, and at least two were hurt. The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and the U.S. Coast Guard Pollution Prevention Team responded as well, though the incident still remains under investigation.

Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of their full recovery.

Boat Accidents in Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The beautiful weather and landscape make for a fantastic getaway from normal day-to-day life. Additionally, locals and tourists alike can benefit from relaxation, rest, and a plethora of different activities to try. 

Unfortunately, numerous guided tour leaders and group activity operators act negligently while implementing the mandatory measures required for the safety of their participants. It is not uncommon for the equipment they use to have been poorly maintained and for their staff to have less training than what is required. 

There are a lot of risky activities in Hawaii that require the supervision and assistance of people who are experienced. Some of these include jet skiing, ziplining, scuba diving, boating, parasailing, cliff jumping, and more. If you or someone you love were injured on a guided tour or organized group activity, you may qualify for financial compensation for a wide array of aspects related to your injuries.

Adding insult to injury, tour operators often attempt to blame their patrons when patrons are injured under their supervision. Accident reports completed by managers, owners, or their staff usually draft a false narrative that does not reflect the true events that took place during the incident.  Tour operators attempt to do this to save their company from any/all liability. If you were hurt while participating in an organized group activity or guided tour, you may be eligible to pursue compensation.

At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Hawaii recreational injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate the details of your accident and determine whether the tour operator’s negligence contributed to your injuries. 

Most corporations that manage group recreational activities require their patrons to sign a waiver before participating in their activity. This is to save them from responsibility if anything bad happens. The idea that signing a waiver keeps an injured victim from filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim is untrue. A waiver only protects against inherent dangers related to the fully disclosed activity. 

Our personal injury attorneys in Hawaii can go over your signed waiver and its contents and determine the validity range. Contact our Honolulu injury accident attorneys at (808) 537-2525 if you believe you may be eligible for financial compensation for the losses and damages you face.

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident, so if there is any incorrect information, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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