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Lacey v. United States
Citation:United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1951. 98 F.Supp. 219.
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Lacey, a pilot, died after his plane fell into the water of the Massachusetts Bay. The Coast Guard tried to rescue him but did not reach him in time. The Plaintiff, Lacey’s estate, sued the United States Government alleging that the Coast Guard negligently failed to rescue Lacey. The Plaintiff argues that the Coast Guard by statute has the responsibility of saving lives at sea and a civil tort liability for negligence is created as a result which otherwise would be non-existent.
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