This week, a passenger was reported missing from the Carnival Paradise cruise ship. According to reports, the cruise guest, 50-year-old Brian Lamonds of Greensboro, North Carolina, may have gone overboard at 10 am on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The man overboard call went out when the ship was roughly 85 miles west of Ft. Myers, Fl and the Coast Guard was immediately notified.
In response, the Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo, homeported in Key West, were called on to begin the search. At this time, there is no further information on the status of the search. However, emergency personnel will continue to comb the area until the missing man is found or it is deemed impossible that he could still survive at sea.
We send our condolences to the family of the missing passenger and hope that they may find some closure during this time.
Cruise Safety Must Be Improved
The occurrence of this event–one in a string of recent overboard accidents–only serves to heighten the concern we have regarding the safety measures in place aboard cruise ships. Cruise lines are required to follow regulations which make falling overboard ships less likely. Additionally, there exists advanced man overboard technology to immediately alert cruise ships of an overboard situation – enabling the cruise ship to take immediate steps to mark the area and commence rescue efforts. However, cruise lines have not implemented the advanced technology on their ships. Cruise lines that use U.S. ports should be compelled to utilize this technology to ensure that the proper measures are in place to keep passengers as safe as possible while on the ship.
Once an individual goes overboard, there are a variety of factors that impact the rate of survival. As a result, proactively preventing these kinds of accidents is the most reasonable method for ensuring that everyone returns home safely. In the past, another partial solution that has been discussed for increasing safety aboard ships is to raise the height of the deck railings. However, opponents of the idea have noted that this would diminish the view from the ship, and potentially decrease the enjoyment of other passengers.
Having rejected the two most logical and available solutions to decrease overboard incidents we wonder when the cruise industry will take these safety concerns seriously so that these sorts of accidents do not continue to happen in the future.
Speaking with a Maritime Lawyer Can Help
At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we understand that the safety of all cruise guests and crew members should always be a cruise line’s top priority. Unfortunately, the cruise line does not always behave as if this is the case. And when accidents and injuries occur, it can be challenging to know where to turn.
That is why we are here to help. Every maritime lawyer on our team is well prepared to handle a wide range of cruise accident claims, including overboard accidents. With award-winning lawyers who continue to redefine maritime law, we have the skill and experience to help you at each step of the process. So if you believe that you or your family member suffered due to the negligence of your cruise line, you do not have to face the legal battle on your own. Contact us today and we can help you get started.