May 13th, 2013| May 13, 2013 The U.S. Coast Guard has found the negligence of a charter fishing boat crew was responsible for causing a Boat Accident that claimed the lives of eight Northern California men. Reports indicate the incident occurred on July 3, 2011, on the waters of the Gulf of California. The men were on a fishing trip that had departed from the Port of San Filipe in Mexico the day before the accident occurred. The ship went down after being caught in a storm that caused massive waves to capsize the boat. A total of 27 passengers were aboard the ship at the time it sank. As a result of the incident, eight passengers, all Americans from California, died. According to the Mercury News, an investigation into the accident determined that modifications to the ship had made the vessel highly unstable and had compromised the ship’s ability to remain watertight. Furthermore, it was determined that the ship’s crew had failed to offer any instruction to the passengers as to procedures that should be followed in an emergency situation. The Captain of the Port of San Felipe was also reprimanded for failing to inspect the integrity of the vessel and allowing it to be on the water. The California Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers understand how devastating the loss of a loved one to a boating accident can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the families of the victims.