Monday, September 27, 2021
Last Wednesday, legislation was introduced in Congress to update the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851, pursuant to which boat owners can limit their liability to the value of the remains of the vessel. The proposed legislation, introduced by Rep. Salud Carbajal and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, would mean that owners of small boats could be held legally responsible for maritime accidents regardless of the value of the boat after the incident. The changes would be applied retroactively to compensate the victims of a 2019 incident off the coast of Ventura County, California. In that case, 34 people were burned to death in the bunkroom of the Conception, a scuba-diving boat. The AP's Stefanie Dazio in the Los Angeles Times has the story.