23 December 2008

Maritime Laws Don't Govern River Rafting

At least in West Virginia.

The West Virginia state Supreme Court says federal maritime laws don’t govern activities involving West Virginia’s whitewater rafting industry. This stems from an accident on the Shenandoah River a few years ago, in which a party sued the rafting company for a mishap on the river.

This court decision could mean big things for the whitewater rafting industry int he US. This now sets the precedence for any future lawsuits against river rafting outfitters. Although all outfitters are required to be licensed and carry liability insurance, lawsuits stemming from death and/injury on the river still exist.

Hopefully this will add a bit more cover for the river rafting outfitters, who already do all they can to keep the guests safe and follow best practices when it comes to risk management and safety regulations.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this keeps things heading in the right direction. Maritime law shouldn't apply to whitewater use, unless they (coast guard) are going to provide a service to whitewater outfitters in the form of rescue services (helicopter and technical rescue)

Anonymous said...

The NPS requires throwable cushions on all craft over 16 feet long, per USCG regs. Let's hope that stupidity gets changed eventually, too.

RiverRaftingWA said...

It is high time someone recognized the inanity of applying Maritime laws to the river --- for instance, the Grand Canyon requirement of throwable cushions on inflatables 16' and longer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, great work.

Henry
Publish Artilces

vasu said...
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vasu said...

River rafting is sure a great adventure sport. Thanks for the post.

charm said...

Whenever I encounter blogs and articles regarding white river rafting, it reminds me of my Cagayan de Oro whitewater rafting, it was very exciting, breath-taking and one of my best outdoor experience ever.

Anonymous said...

Hmm that is great info. What places would you suggest to go whitewater rafting? I enjoy going up Endless River Adventures ..they offer really good whitewater rafting in NC. (http://www.endlessriveradventures.com)