Late last week, a 24-year-old man aboard the Anthem of the Seas took his own life when he jumped overboard. This is the second intentional overboard accident this month, raising concerns over the safety of cruise ships and the potential need for mental health counseling at sea.
While many accidents and injuries at sea can be prevented, there are some situations when an extremely unexpected accident takes place. That is exactly what happened this week, when a woman was washed overboard the Pacific Dawn, into rough waters, as the ship sailed 150 nautical miles off the coast of New Caledonia. Due to dangerous weather conditions, other rescue teams were unable to help the cruise, forcing the ship’s crew to conduct their own search. After more than 12 hours, hopes faded and the efforts were called off.
This month, crewmember Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez from the MSC Opera was found safe in the Cayman Islands, after she was reported missing from the ship. The MSC Opera stopped in the Cayman Islands on March 23rd, but Perez’s disappearance was not reported until March 27th. At this time, it is unknown why it took four days to notify investigators of her disappearance.
While no one anticipates needing an emergency rescue out of paradise, that is exactly what happened this week, when a 70-year-old Australian woman was medevaced from her cruise as it sailed off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. The woman was experiencing severe abdominal pain. She was last reported in stable condition.
Unfortunately, cruise ship rape and sexual assault continue to be a problem at sea. This week, charges were dropped against a Elias Azzi, who was accused of sexually violating a woman aboard the Ovation of the Seas. The courts cited lack of evidence as their reason for throwing out the charges.
Are passenger falls from cruise ships common? A cruise ship injury lawyer offers insight into how frequently cruise ship passengers fall overboard and explains what happens when there is a passenger overboard.
No one ever wants to experience a medevac ride from their cruise vacation. Especially as a child, there is probably nothing worse than having to leave the excitement of a cruise due to a medical emergency. However, that is exactly what happened this week, when a three-year-old boy had to be medevaced from the Norwegian Dawn with his mother, due to intestinal issues.
No one ever expects to find themselves in a health emergency at sea. However, for many, this is exactly what happens when their condition exceeds what is possible to be treated in a cruise ship infirmary. This week, a 76-year-old man suffered a stroke and possible internal bleeding while aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. He was medevaced to a hospital on shore, where his current condition is unknown.
Although most people set out on a cruise vacation to relax, it is not uncommon for drug rings to attempt to smuggle millions of dollars worth of illegal substances across borders, using the cruise as a cover for an otherwise normal vacation. As it turns out, this is not a foolproof plan, as a trio in 2016 discovered when they attempted to smuggle $16 million of cocaine into Sydney, Australia. This week, the second woman involved in the incident appeared in court for her sentencing hearing. She will receive her official sentence next week.
This week, the Carnival Horizon experienced building delays when the ship manufacturers identified a potential pollution concern. Paint chipped from the hull and fell into the basin, which then pumped the contaminated water out into the ocean. The manufacturers will need to find a permanent solution before the ship’s construction is completed and approved.
Is it safe to cruise to the Bahamas? Learn from a cruise ship injury lawyer about the Bahamas crime rate and what you should do if there are problems.
The unfortunate truth is that rape and sexual assault continue to be a large problem aboard cruises. So what is creating an environment where individuals feel emboldened to take advantage of their fellow guests and crewmembers? Our cruise ship rape lawyer explains.
Lately, violence aboard cruises has reached an all-time high. Every few days, it seems, there is another report of a brawl at sea. So it may come as no surprise that this month, another physical altercation broke out between two men aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. One of the men sustained serious facial injuries. His brother is now questioning the actions taken by the cruise line in the wake of the event.
This week, a female guest aboard the Norwegian Epic reportedly fell overboard while the ship sailed near the Bahamas. Fortunately, rescue teams found the woman and returned her to the ship, where she was reported in stable condition. However, this incident raises many questions regarding cruise ship safety, and what may have led to her fall.
Many people assume that their cruise line will always look out for their best interest. However, the unfortunate truth is that this is not always the case. A prime example of this is the recent tragic case of Joanna Kiln, a British national who died in Brazil after being medically evacuated from her cruise. Local medical professionals who treated Kiln say that the cruise line essentially abandoned her.