Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Golden Ray Sinking Against Galveston Salvage Company | Company
Golden Ray Shipwreck is the largest salvage operation since the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska. resulting in millions of dollars in additional costs, delays, environmental damage and the death of Albert Dai, plaintiff
AUSTIN, Texas, June 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Harris County family represented by law firm Muery & Farrell has filed a lawsuit against Galveston-based T&T Salvage for the death of employee Albert Dai, husband and father. Teichman Group, LLC is also named as a defendant.
Wenijan (Albert) Dai had been employed by T&T Salvage as a specialist naval architect and salvage engineer from 2012 until his death. In 2019, the defendant bid on a complex salvage project off the coast of Georgia, following the capsizing of the Golden Ray.
The wreck of the Golden Ray is the largest salvage operation in US history. The lawsuit claims that Dai, who had more than two decades of maritime salvage experience, warned T&T Salvage that his salvage plan was “not feasible” and posed “significant risks”.
T&T Salvage won the bid, resulting in an extraordinary workload on Dai, including in the first half of 2020, as COVID-19 caused global lockdowns. His widow, Yuan Zhou, says Dai worked “around the clock” under extraordinary pressure. He died on June 29, 2020 and the plaintiffs are making claims of gross negligence.
The Golden Ray recovery incident was, according to a U.S. Coast Guard commander, “the largest wreck removal in U.S. history.” T&T Salvage is also named as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by Glynn County, Georgia, where the capsize took place, which alleges negligent salvage operations caused environmental damage, including multiple fires, oil spills , and allowed “hazardous debris and fluids to enter the strait, estuary and marshes.”
Maureen Farrell, attorney for the plaintiffs, “T&T Salvage ignored warnings and proceeded with a reckless salvage plan that cost an estimated $800 million, caused environmental destruction on the Georgian coast and cost Albert Dai his life. Companies should not make their employees work to death in pursuit of profits at all costs.”
The trial is ongoing. Houston-based law firm Nguyen & Chen is co-counsel for plaintiffs in the case.
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