When you depart on your cruise vacation, you are likely expecting smooth sailing, with bright blue skies and calm waters. We understand. After all, cruise ships are known for offering passengers a relaxing and exciting vacation experience. Because of this, it is a fair bet to assume that you are not expecting to be involved in a rescue mission for passengers on another ship. To most, this would sound like an outrageous, once-in-a-lifetime proposition. However, a recent story out of the Atlantic Ocean may have you thinking otherwise.
Hurricane Causes Yachtsman to Call for Help
This week, 73-year-old yachtsman Mervyn Wheatly was pulled from the Atlantic by the popular cruise, Queen Mary 2. The man, considered a veteran sailor by all accounts, was participating in the Royal Western Yacht Club Race, which goes from Plymouth in the United Kingdom to Newport, Rhode Island.
During his return trip to the UK, Wheatly’s boat, named Tamarind, was besieged by an unexpected hurricane. The storm sent 50-foot waves and 70 mph winds crashing down on his beloved Tamarind, causing serious damage in the process. Despite Wheatly’s best efforts to continue with the journey, after hours of attempting to pump water from the ship, he determined he would not be able to make it back across the Atlantic.
Fortunately, he was able to activate his emergency beacon, which prompted Canadian and British rescuers to begin the search for his location. Once his location was confirmed, the ship closest to him was asked to retrieve him from the water. This ship just so happened to be the Queen Mary 2.
During the rescue, British, Canadian and Portuguese aircraft were all nearby to ensure that Wheatly was pulled to safety. The Captain of the Queen Mary 2, however, felt it was no trouble at all. He explained, “We were pleased to be able to help and delighted that the yachtsman is safe and well.”
This is certainly a harrowing tale. In the wake of this event, we are grateful for the Queen Mary 2 and her ability to swiftly respond when called to act, as well as for the emergency responders who stood by to ensure that everything went according to plan. Fortunately, everyone involved is safe and out of harm’s way.
Let LMAW Be Your Life Raft After An Accident
However, as a maritime law firm, we know that this is not always the case. Far too many innocent individuals are injured or worse every year on the high seas. Whether due to a yacht accident or cruise ship negligence, the potential for an emergency is never far away.
So if you or someone you know has been injured aboard a cruise ship, you can rest assured that a maritime lawyer on our team is here to help. We have helped countless individuals understand their legal options in the wake of devastating situations on the water, so we understand what you are facing. When you work with us, you can rest assured that we will fight for you, until you receive the results you deserve.
If you are ready to take the next step towards getting your future back on track, do not hesitate to contact us.