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Old 06-29-2012
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Re: Liability

I am in agreement with ps23435 and capttb when they take the approach of being sued in tort. The fact of having a license should only be relevant as evidence to prove your negligent behavior compared to other professionals in the field OR if you were in a "for hire" capacity. If you are a guest, unpaid crew, or an observer to a catastrophe you are under no obligation to act unless there exists a relationship between you and the "victim" that gives rise to your responsibility such as parent-child, employer-employee, you are the cause of the dangerous situation, you have undertaken affirmative action to help which has been relied on by the victim, etc.

Should be an interesting discussion. Hopefully a legal professional practicing maritime law will offer a thought or two outside of a negligence tort approach.
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