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A daring captain who risked his life to save crew members from a nearby sinking vessel, is now suing that vessel’s owner for injuries he suffered during the rescue.

According to the Louisiana Record, the M/V Bev began to sink on April 11, 2009.  After hearing cries for help, Captain Ralph V. Toland of the M/V Texas Tiger rushed to the crew’s aid. In doing so, Toland suffered serious injuries to his hand, head and shoulder. The Record reports that the injuries are “serious and disabling.”

Toland is suing the Antill Pipeline & Construction Co. for pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost earnings, physical impairment, disfigurement, medical expenses, attorney’s fees, and court costs. According to The Record, Toland is invoking the Jones Act in his suit.

[Photo Caption: The Discoverer Deep Seas, where worker Christopher Gonzales sustained a serious fall. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior)]

On April 19, 2011, a National Oilwell Varco employee plummeted more than 85 feet down an open hole on the Discoverer Deep Seas, after supervisors removed protecting grating under his feet. The employee, Christopher Gonzales, recently sued Alimak Hek, the company supervising his work.

According to the Louisiana Record, Gonzales was working 225 feet above the drill floor, installing paneling in the ship’s elevator shaft. He was told he’d be working on top of the elevator, and that he’d be safe.