Hurricane Sandy traversed the U.S. East Coast with growing strength yesterday, and as people prepared to weather the storm on land, there were a few people out at sea who might be in need of a maritime lawyer in the near future.
While the majority of cruise lines have decided to either change their scheduled itineraries or cancel cruise trips altogether, there were five cruise ships that were out at sea braving the storm and succumbing to record-sized waves.
According to ABC News, Hurricane Sandy caused waves over 24 feet high in the New Jersey coast and swells over 32 feet off the coast of South Carolina on Oct. 29. Many cruise ships delayed the departures and arrivals of their vessels, but there five cruise ships remained at sea while Sandy was making its way up the East Coast: Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, Carnival Cruise Line’s Miracle, AIDA’s Luna, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel, and the Queen Mary 2.
Sandy was responsible for 69 deaths in the Caribbean before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard, and it is unclear how many cruise ship passengers were affected by the storm. Just before it made landfall around 8p.m. near Atlantic City, New Jersey last night, the storm was stripped of its hurricane status by forecasters. So far, at least 16 deaths have been recorded on land – five in New York, three each in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, two in Connecticut, and one each in Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. Three of the victims were children.
Many U.S. ports were closed because of the storm, but some cruise ships managed to get to shore and take shelter in Boston harbor, including Jewel of the Seas, Crystal Symphony and Caribbean Princess. However, the passengers and crew aboard these vessels are still not out of harm’s way. The weather channel has released a report showing that there may be a chance of tornados resulting from Sandy and Boston has a 20 percent chance of being hit.
While there have been no reported cruise injuries so far, there may be several people in need of a maritime lawyer following any accidents that resulted from Hurricane Sandy, especially those onboard the five vessels that remained at sea. Many vessels were hit by these giant waves, which flooded the halls and cabins and caused furniture, china and other items to turn over. Broken glass and furniture may have caused injuries aboard these cruise vessels, but unfortunately, not all accidents aboard cruise lines are reported. Sometimes, cruise lines try to avoid responsibility for any injuries onboard their vessels and either fail to report the incidents or do not act fast enough to get the injured persons medical attention.
If you or someone you love has been hurt by the destruction left behind by Hurricane Sandy or some other act of negligence aboard a cruise ship, turn to our maritime lawyers immediately for assistance in filing a claim and protecting your rights. Our maritime attorneys have been representing cruise accident victims since 1971 and our years of experience and success will be put to practice with your case. Call us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.
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