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Thursday, March 02, 2006
Can I throw you a line?
At our insurance pool business meeting, we engaged in a conversation about "salvage" claims. It rises from a catastrophic marina fire in Gig Harbor in which friends of ours were involved. Their two boats were tied together, the tuna troller rafted outside of the yacht, when the fire spread quickly down the marina dock. Our friend woke up smelling smoke, ran down the dock warning other liveaboards to flee, and then untied his two boats, one on fire, to escape the rapidly advancing flames. The yacht and troller drifted away as two crewmembers from the troller put out the fire on the yacht. During the melee, a small commercial boat of some type came up to offer assistance. It was denied because it wasn't necessary. The boat continued to linger and offer help. After a while, in the exhaustion of escaping and fighting a fire on his yacht, our friend accepted a line from this boat, which then towed the yacht and troller across Gig Harbor, away from the fire. Case closed.
But no. A month later, our friend gets a law suit claiming salvage on the two vessels, for the sum of over a million dollars! Maritime law states that salvage of a vessel equals one third of the value of the vessel. This law suit is brought by the small commercial vessel which hung around bugging our friends to take a line. Isn't there something about connivance or fraud involved here? All boat owners must be aware of sharks like this.

Papa George Gourmet Albacore has a brand new canning today. Our canner is still busy when he thought it should have slowed down by now. Canned tuna has gotten some good press lately but when you go through the search engines looking for "canned tuna" or "canned albacore", the same advertisements with dire warnings about mercury are still in evidence.

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