When you embark on a cruise, you are likely imagining all of the exciting experiences you are about to have. Whether you are anticipating a relaxing time aboard the ship, or action-packed shore excursions, it only makes sense that you would have a lot on your mind. However, we’re willing to bet that the one situation you are not expecting is that your cruise ship could become part of a rescue mission.
After all, cruises are known for their idyllic and relaxing vacations, not their involvement in emergency rescues. However, just because you are traveling on a cruise does not mean that you are exempt from helping a stranded sailor in need. And in case of emergency, you could find yourself at the center of a rescue situation.
A recent story out of St. Lucia reminds us of this.
This week, two men were rescued after being adrift at sea for 23 days. The men, 22-year-old Richie James and 26-year-old Ismael Nemorin were rescued by the Adventure of the Seas as they floated in their fishing boat, approximately 500 miles off of the coast of St. Lucia.
The men set off on their fishing trip from Martinique to St. Lucia on May 19th with a third companion, 43-year-old Christophe Quimper. However, according to Nemorin, Quimper experienced hallucinations and jumped overboard, after their boat developed engine problems and began to drift. There is no word yet on whether his body has been found.
We send our condolences to the Quimper family, as they navigate this unfortunate time. However, we are grateful that the Adventure of the Seas was able to bring the other two men to safety. It is amazing that the men were able to survive for such an extended period of time at sea. That is no small feat. As life at sea can be difficult, given the chance for unexpected currents and weather, it is a relief to know that they are now safe and sound.
Recreational Boats Can Malfunction
In the wake of this event, we feel it is important to remind all individuals with recreational water vehicles to double check for any signs of malfunctions, before departing. Make sure all you have a proper working radio and cell phones are charged. Be sure to tell loved ones where you are planning to go and when you are expected back. Getting stranded at sea or suffering a boating accident is considered a worst nightmare for many, and one that should be avoided at all costs. Although a day at sea can be exciting, this situation sheds light on the fact that things can quickly go wrong.
Yet, we also understand that unexpected situations can happen to even the most prepared of individuals. Having worked with countless clients who have had a variety of maritime accidents and claims, we know that preparation is only one half of the story. So if you or someone you know has been injured at sea, you should know that we are here to help.
As you begin to handle your legal situation, it is important to have maritime lawyers on your team who will stick with you, from start to finish, and ensure that you get the results you deserve. So if you are ready for outstanding representation, do not hesitate to contact us.