What to Do if Your Husband's Boat Doesn't Arrive on Time

What to Do if Your Husband’s Boat Is Overdue

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

You were expecting your husband’s boat back at Belford, Atlantic City, or another New Jersey port at a certain time. Your husband has been in this job long enough for you to know that unexpected things come up. You might not have worried when he was an hour or two late. You might not have panicked when a few more hours ticked by on the clock. However, as the hours begin adding up without explanation for his absence—you may have become concerned.

What to Do When it Is Time to Do Something

When you have reached the point at which you know that you need to do something, it is important that you don’t panic. Panicking will not help your husband return home safely. However, there are things that you can do to help your husband return home safely, such as:

  • Talking to his employer. His employer may be able to communicate with the ship and let you know that your husband is safe despite the delay.
  • Talking to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard can coordinate a search for your husband’s boat and encourage other vessels to watch for your husband’s boat, as appropriate.

This will, hopefully, get you some answers.

What to Do If the Worst Case Scenario Is Confirmed

Until there is reason to give up hope, it is important to expect that your loved one will come home. Many times a delay is just a delay and mariners return home safely. Unfortunately, sometimes a delay does mean that there is a serious problem and that your loved one has been injured or killed.

If that is the case then it is important to get help. You do not have to be alone or manage your legal rights by yourself during this painful and confusing time. Instead, we encourage you to read our free report, The Legal Rights of Injured Seamen and Other Commercial Mariners , and to fill out our online contact form to schedule an initial consultation.