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Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas Ship Catches Fire

July 23, 2015

A fire has been reported aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship. According to news reports, one of the vessel’s engines caught fire on Wednesday morning as the ship was sailing into the port of Falmouth, Jamaica. RCCL officials explained that the fire was extinguished and that guests were called to assemble at their designated muster stations with their life jackets on as a safety precaution. Unfortunately, one crew member suffered a first-degree burn as a result of the fire. Luckily, no other injuries were reported. But one question still remains unanswered: what exactly caused the fire to... Read Article

Celebrity Cruises Appoints First U.S. Female Cruise Captain

July 17, 2015

Celebrity Cruises made maritime history this week when it announced the appointment of Kate McCue as the master of Celebrity Summit, the cruise industry’s first American female captain. The 37-year-old and 15-year veteran of Celebrity’s sister line, Royal Caribbean, will take the helm of the 91,000-ton ship in August. Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD certainly has a penchant for breaking records. The news of McCue’s appointment comes just seven months after Celebrity named its first female president and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, and eight years after Royal Caribbean appointed the industry’s first ever female cruise ship captain, Swedish mariner Karin Stahre-Janson, as... Read Article

Search Ends for Missing Holland America Passenger

July 15, 2015

The search has ended for a missing Holland America cruise ship passenger that reportedly disappeared from the Statendam vessel during an Alaska sailing. The victim, a 64-year-old male passenger, was reportedly on board the vessel on Sunday night, when the Statendam ship left the port of Victoria, British Columbia, but was not accounted for on Monday morning, when the ship docked in Seattle. That same day, Holland America explained in a statement that it had notified Coast Guard officials and the FBI of the passenger’s disappearance, and a search began for the missing passenger. Sadly, it didn’t take long for... Read Article

Carnival Gets Government Approval for Cuba Sailings: What This Means for Passenger Safety

July 14, 2015

Now that the U.S. has formally resumed diplomatic relations with Cuba, it’s only natural that cruise lines will want to capitalize on sailings to the Caribbean nation – especially the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation. Carnival was recently granted approval by both the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce to commence sailings to Cuba, and is poised to make history as the first American cruise company to visit the island since the 1960 trade embargo was initiated. Carnival certainly hasn’t wasted any time in scheduling future itineraries, and plans to feature Cuba as a... Read Article

Holland America Safety Protocols Questioned Following Cruise Passenger Disappearance

July 13, 2015

Just weeks after eight Holland America cruise passengers and a pilot were killed in a floatplane shore excursion accident in Alaska, Holland America is in the news again. This time, it’s due to a passenger being reported missing. While the circumstances surrounding these two tragedies vary greatly, both incidents make our cruise ship accident lawyers question whether Holland America is taking the safety of its passengers as seriously as it should. According to Holland America, a 64-year-old man who was sailing aboard the Statendam ship on an Alaska cruise was reported missing when the vessel docked in Seattle on Monday... Read Article

The Ambiguity of Jet Ski Laws

July 9, 2015

Our maritime lawyers have often discussed the importance of abiding by proper safety laws while on any kind of vessel or pleasure craft, and Jet Skis are no exception. Now that summer is here, the importance of Jet Ski safety is a top priority for all enjoying recreational water sports, as waterways are going to be much more congested. But while there are strict maritime laws regulating the use of boats, yachts, and other vessels, the rules regarding Jet Ski operation are much more ambiguous, which can lead to serious – and often fatal – accidents. Though laws vary widely... Read Article

LMAW Obtains $828,524 Verdict for Jet Ski Accident Victim

July 8, 2015

Our maritime lawyers Jason Margulies and Michael Winkleman have obtained an $828,524 verdict in favor of plaintiff Karen Kohnke, who was seriously injured in a Jet Ski accident March 1, 2012 on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a two-day bench trial before the Honorable Judge Robert N. Scola of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the judge made the following findings of fact. Kohnke was operating a Jet Ski owned by Tamer and Farideh Gozleveli at the time of the accident. The court found that the PWC owners’ son, Aydin Gozleveli, negligently... Read Article

4 Tips to Avoid a Boating Accident This 4th of July

July 3, 2015

Independence Day is only a few hours away, and while this is one of our nation’s most memorable holidays, it can also be one of the most dangerous for those enjoying activities in the water. Whether you have plans to go out on a boat, jet ski, parasail, or swim this 4th of July, it’s important to remember that waterways are likely to be very crowded, and anyone enjoying maritime activities is at a much greater risk of suffering an accident. That being said, our lawyers have four tips that can help you and your loved ones avoid serious boating... Read Article

How to Help a Drowning Victim

July 2, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ten people die every day in drowning accidents. In fact, among the list of unintentional death causes, drowning is the fifth top reason for fatalities. Drowning accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, even in crowded areas. And unfortunately, lifeguards aren’t always around to tend to emergencies. But while assistance from a trained lifeguard or paramedic is always preferred, that doesn’t mean a regular civilian can’t help during an emergency. If you happen to notice that someone appears to be drowning in a pool or open waters, or following a recreational... Read Article

8 Cruise Passengers and Pilot Killed in Ketchikan Floatplane Shore Excursion Accident

June 26, 2015

Our cruise ship accident attorneys often talk about the dangers that shore excursions can pose, due to the fact that cruise lines partner with outside tour operators, whose safety standards may be subpar. Many times, tour operators fail to properly maintain equipment, while other times, excursions are run by inexperienced guides. There are many factors that can contribute to a shore excursion accident, but no one ever imagines they will be hurt or lose a loved one while on a tour that’s intended to be fun. Sadly, the unthinkable has happened in Alaska. Nine people were killed after the floatplane... Read Article

How to Prevent a Jet Ski Accident

June 25, 2015

Summer is here, which means that many individuals are going to be heading out to the beach or lake for some fun in the water. For some, this includes jet skiing. Jet Skis are a type of Personal Watercraft (PWC), popular for their ability to deliver adventure and adrenaline. Yet, as exciting as Jet Skis can be, they also pose several dangers. Jet Skis can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, and when combining speed with lack of experience or other acts of safety negligence, they can lead to serious and even fatal accidents. Unfortunately, regulations aren’t... Read Article

The Truth About Cruise Shore Excursions

June 24, 2015

If you’re in the process of planning a cruise, you are probably also considering booking one of the many shore excursions that cruises offer. Shore excursions provide cruise passengers the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of a port of call. From sightseeing tours that visit historical landmarks to exotic jungle treks and adventurous zip lines, shore excursions offer many thrilling opportunities for travelers. Unfortunately, cruises often work with outside providers when offering shore excursions, and the safety standards and quality of tours can vary significantly from port to port and even from excursion to excursion. Passengers should always... Read Article

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