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Ferry Runs Over Kayakers

On Tuesday a ferry beginning its trip across the Hudson River ran over as many as 10 kayakers. Our take on this, based on many years of maritime law personal injury experience, is that the position of "lookout" on a vessel (required by the United States Coast Guard) is more than a role in a movie that allows dialogue to take place with the captain; it is a critical position for ensuring the safety of passengers and other vessels on bodies of water. (Yes, a kayak likely would be considered as a matter of law to be a vessel in navigation).

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