Are The Open Seas Safe For Children?

Photo of a boatIf you thought the best way to instill a sense of adventure in your children involved sailing around the world before they reached the age of four, consider sending them to summer camp instead. Thankfully, there is no need to test this idea, because it been tried recently with little success. Public outrage has spread like wildfire after a San Diego couple attempted to cross the Pacific Ocean with their one and three-year-old children.

Well into their journey and far from home, the family sent a satellite distress signal after their 36-foot boat was stranded 900 nautical miles from Cabo San Lucas. Their youngest child came down with a terrible fever and rash. The multi-day rescue mission required a cooperative effort from the Air National Guard and the Navy.

After their rescue and the rehabilitation of their child, the parents said “When we departed on this journey more than a year ago, we were then and remain today confident that we prepared as well as any sailing crew could. The ocean is one of the greatest forces of nature, and it always has the potential to overcome those who live on or near it.”

Looking For A Maritime Attorney In San Diego?

The fact that the father, a licensed Coast Guard captain, found himself and his family in harm’s way is a testament to the danger of open waters. Maritime accidents can happen to anyone; the ocean does not discriminate. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, it is wise to consult with an attorney with maritime experience. The law offices of Bonnici Law Group will gladly provide the maritime law insight that you require. Contact our firm today to explain your particular circumstance.

[Did You Know: The state of California does not require a license to operate a recreational boat.]

Bonnici Law Group, APC—San Diego maritime attorney