When you set out on a cruise vacation, the last thing on your mind is the potential for accident or injury at sea. After all, cruises are one of the most popular vacation choices for individuals of all ages! So you likely have visions of blue skies and sandy beaches in your future. And while most cruises do go off without any problems, it is important to remember that tragedy can strike on a cruise just as it can when you are at home.
When it comes to accident, injury and, in some cases, wrongful death, both passengers and crewmembers are equally at risk. So, if one of these events should happen, you may expect the cruise line and local authorities would be ready and willing to assist you and your family members in the aftermath. Unfortunately, it does not always work out this way.
A case from 2013 that has recently come back to light reveals just how challenging it can be to receive closure if your family member perishes on a cruise.
An Unresolved Tragedy
On February 3, 2013, Jackie Kastrinelis, a 24-year-old American singer aboard the Seven Seas Voyager was found dead in her room. There was no sign of forced entry, struggle, or physical harm. At the time, the ship was off the coast of Darwin, Australia. Local authorities boarded the vessel to perform an investigation. However, as Kastrinelis’ parents would later discover, the investigation was far from as thorough and complete as it should have been.
Since 2013, the Kastrinelis family has spent years attempting to uncover the truth behind what really happened to their daughter. Despite the involvement of several important politicians and even the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne, the struggle to acquire the necessary blood and tissue samples and autopsy photos has been ongoing. Now, with little support from the authorities in Australia and a posthumous examination lacking key tests and information, it is now unclear whether they will ever get the closure they seek.
We send our condolences to the Kastrinelis family, not only for their loss, but for the four and a half years of grief they have endured, attempting to finally resolve the cause of their beloved daughter’s death.
Legal Guidance Through Life’s Challenges
Situations like these remind us just how important it is to have a maritime lawyer on your side, who will fight for you until you get the resolution you deserve. Navigating the legal waters can be challenging even for the most astute. That is why at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we vow to do all that we can for our clients.
The injury or loss of a loved one at sea is challenging enough, without having to traverse the legal and bureaucratic systems in the aftermath. We understand and we are here to help. With over 100 years of combined experience in maritime law, you can rest assured that when you work with our firm, you will be in good hands.
So if you have a heavy legal burden to bear and are seeking a trusted source of advice, do not hesitate to contact us.