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Weekly 5: Chicago boat club sued in fatal accident

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of news, tips and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.


1. Chicago boat club sued in fatal accident

The only known survivor of a May boat fire and sinking on Lake Michigan is suing Sail Time Chicago, alleging its repairs on the boat caused the fatal accident. The 29-year-old man was one of four people on the boat. Two women in the boat were killed and another man is still missing after the May 31 accident.

2. Nominations for NMMA Hall of Fame due August 1

There are just a couple of weeks left to nominate someone for the National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame award will be presented at this year’s IBEX, September 30 in Tampa.

Last year’s recipient was Ralph Meloon, Sr., of Correct Craft.

3. NMFS withdraws plans to write new fishery rules

The National Marine Fisheries Service won’t issue new rules for management of fisheries, it officially announced this week.

Instead, it will follow an “official policy” issued in 2013. The agency is now taking public comments on the issue.

4. New Illinois boating laws signed by governor

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three new laws regulating boating safety in Illinois. The laws require safety courses for younger boaters, create rules for towing skiers, and impose stricter penalties for boating under the influence. (link: http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/2014/07/08/illinois-will-have-new-boating-laws/adljxox/)

5. Fourth of July wrecks down from Memorial Day in Texas

Despite a large number of fatalities and accidents across the country over the recent holiday, at least one major state had a safer Independence Day than Memorial Day. Texas reported 14 boating accidents over the holiday weekend compared with 21 accidents, and four deaths, over Memorial Day.

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