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RESORT TORT: Charter Boat Company Abandons Divers

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Two divers were left behind by a commercial dive boat off the coast of South Florida, and floated at sea for more than two hours before being rescued by a passing boat.

The Miami Beach-based boat operator said that divers were accounted for on a roster check-off list as they came back to the boat, reported the Sun Sentinel. Somehow these two divers were checked off without ever returning to the boat. He also said he was left behind himself once in Key Largo, when the wrong person answered for his name during a verbal roll call.

The operator claims not to know how the incident occurred or who is to blame. The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the incident. The owner of South Beach Divers, the shop that signed up the divers for the excursion, says a mistake was made on the boat. The boat operator claims that in 29 years, more than 250,000 passengers have been served without incident.

Still, once is enough if you’re the passenger left behind.

Resort Torts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. These can involve aspects of hotel and motel safety, cruise ship litigation, pleasure boating and jet ski incidents, amusement, aquatic, diving and swimming incidents, foreign travel and medical emergencies, gaming and casinos, aviation (commercial and general), rental car liability, moped, bicycle and motorcycle safety, buses and tour guides, travel industry liability for crime victims, and medical care provided to vacationers.

Resort Torts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities.

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