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post #51 of Old 12-12-2018
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Re: Suicide at Sea and captain charged

Clearly, the lesson to be learned here is that if a dude falls overboard from your boat -- no matter how you might feel about the guy -- at least stop the boat and pretend like you give a $hit. It's amazing to me that the captain did not have the foresight to see how his actions (or more accurately, his omissions) would be viewed by others after the fact. Makes me think that the captain's mental faculties weren't all there either, although potentially the incident itself left him in some sort of shock that affected his mental reasoning.

That said, I think the "Seaman's Manslaughter Statute" 18 U.S.C. 1115 is a bad outdated law. This type of situation -- involving just simple ordinary negligence -- should give rise to civil liability and penalties, not a felony conviction with up to 10 years in prison. I don't see the benefit to anyone of criminalizing this type of negligent conduct.
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