Late last week, on Friday, June 15 at 3:00PM EEST, an Estonian ferry with the capacity for 400 passengers and 100 passenger cars — Regula, operated by TS Laevad — was involved in a allision accident when it struck the pier, a fixed object. According to reports, the vessel was traveling the route between two busy Estonian ports, Virtsu (on the mainland) and Kuivastu (on Muhu Island), when it struck the Kuivastu pier and the bow stern — at the front of the vessel — sustained serious structural damage. Rescue boats were not deployed as they were unnecessary for unloading the passengers, given the circumstances.
Late last week, 175 passengers were evacuated from a ferry that ran aground in San Antoni port in Ibiza. The cause of the accident is unknown.
Yesterday, a 39 year-old passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship near Tampa Bay suffered chest pains indicating a possible heart attack, and was evacuated to a medical facility by Coast Guard watchstanders.
Last week, a 61-year-old passenger suffered a heart attack on board the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship near Craig, Alaska, and was medevaced to a medical facility by emergency responders.
Last week, Brian Lamonds, a 50-year-old cruise passenger from Greensboro, NC, went missing from the Carnival Paradise. The Coast Guard spent 55 hours searching 3,059 square miles before making the difficult decision to call off the search.
This week, a 50-year-old North Carolina man was reported missing from the Carnival Paradise. It is believed that he went overboard when the ship was 85 miles west of Ft. Myers, Florida. The Coast Guard is conducting a search.
This week, an elderly male passenger, who was reportedly in his eighties, went missing from the Sun Princess as it was 100 nautical miles southeast of Singapore. After a thorough investigation of the area, the search was called off.
Our firm recently filed two wrongful death lawsuits against Norwegian Cruise Line, after two crewmembers were killed during safety drills in the summer of 2016. This fatal incident is just one in a long series of lifeboat catastrophes aboard cruise ships.
This week, a 66-year-old cruise ship passenger sued Celebrity X Cruises for the severe burns he acquired on his feet while aboard a European cruise in 2014. The man, who suffered from pre-existing nerve damage, believes the ship could have done a better job of warning passengers as to the high temperatures of the deck.
Seeing the hallway aboard your cruise fill with water is not something anyone ever wants to witness. However, that is exactly what happened late last week, when a faulty fire suppression system caused one of the decks aboard the Carnival Dream to fill with water. The company quickly worked to resolve the matter, and all passengers and crew members are safe.
Although no one plans on becoming ill at sea, the unfortunate reality is that it happens more often than anyone would like. This week, a 71-year-old cruise passenger required emergency medical evacuation from the ship, due to alleged kidney failure. He was safely transported to shore and taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
For many people, the opportunity to go on a cruise means a chance to relax, have fun, and live carefree for a few blissful days. However, going on a cruise still requires a certain level of safety and awareness of your surroundings. Safety on a cruise ship really should be everyone’s first priority. So, if you are preparing to depart, here is what we recommend.
This week, Daniel Belling, the man accused of killing his wife while on their Mediterranean cruise last year, has been released from prison. The release comes after 14 months of being held without bail in Rome’s Regina Coeli jail. Without proper forensic evidence or a body, Belling’s legal team argued that there was not enough evidence to continue to hold him. The case against him will continue, but Belling will be allowed to return to Dublin.
Late last week, investigations into the mysterious death of Saudi cruise passenger Omar Salman Awadh Al-Matiri came to a close, confirming that no one else was involved in his death. Witnesses say Al-Matiri was depressed and in tears before he threw himself overboard.
While no one expects to fall ill while on vacation, it is not uncommon for cruise passengers to require medevac assistance. In most cases, a nurse or family member is able to accompany the ailing passenger to the hospital. However, when 72-year-old Peter Jarvis fell seriously ill aboard the P&O Britannia, the helicopter did not have enough fuel to also bring his wife. For two days she had no information on her husband’s condition. Four days after the initial air lift, she was finally able to reach his bedside.