For many people, there is nothing more exciting than embarking on a cruise vacation. After months of planning and anticipation, it is often a welcome relief to set out for a few days, away from the normal daily grind. Having handled cases against many major cruise lines, we understand the expectations that are wrapped up in this kind of adventure, and we know that most passengers are looking forward to a few days to just unwind.
Most of the time, unwinding happens without any interruption. However, it is important to remember that just because you are on a cruise ship does not mean that you are free from the potential of accident and injury. This is a fact that every individual taking a cruise needs to know. As a maritime law firm, we never want to see vacationers have negative experiences aboard their ships. But sometimes, despite the best preparation and preventative measures, unfortunate events do unfold.
A recent story out of Miami reminds us of this.
Rocky Waters Cause Rescue Delay
On Sunday, April 29th, 2017, the Carnival Sensation was forced to return to Miami due to a passenger who had become sick on board. Typically, individuals who are in need of more serious medical attention are flown by the Coast Guard to the nearest hospital. However, in this specific situation, that simply was not possible.
Rough sea conditions prevented the rescue teams from being able to reach the patient in the usual fashion. Thus, the ship was required to turn around and make its way to Government Cut, where the sick passenger and two family members were met by the rescue team and brought to a nearby hospital for further treatment. At this time, the passenger’s condition is unknown.
The ship continued on with its scheduled trip to Jamaica. However, this event caused a delay that required the company to cancel the Carnival Sensation’s trip later this week to Grand Cayman. Individuals who purchased tickets for that voyage have been given a credit towards a future cruise.
In the wake of this incident, we are grateful for the hard work of both onboard and onshore teams. Although most medevac transfers go off without a hitch, there are times like these when it requires more effort on the part of both teams to ensure that the passenger in need is taken to safety. It is in these times that we wonder what cruise ship passengers did before this kind of swift rescue was possible? Needless to say, modern cruise-goers can rest assured that their well-being will be well taken care of, for the duration of their cruise.
That said, there are some instances when the ball is dropped and innocent individuals aboard cruise ships are put into harm’s way. Cruise lines and their medical staff often fail to recognize the seriousness of the situation or timely react to the situation to ensure that a passenger is evacuated in the most effective way to the appropriate medical facility. When this takes place, you should know that you do not have to handle your legal matter on your own.
Our team of legal professionals is prepared to help you get back to living your life, without the burden of this issue hanging over your head. So if you are ready to take the next step, a maritime attorney at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is ready to hear from you. Do not hesitate to contact us.