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Royal Caribbean Crewmember Sustains Injuries Following Ship Accident


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A crewmember onboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas was injured last week after the ship hit a cable while en route to the port of Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands during a Transatlantic sailing. According to a Cruise Critic interview with Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez, the incident occurred just after 8 a.m. local time on September 6. The crewmember had been standing outside when the ship hit a cable that extends between Bordoy and Eysturoy Islands and was struck by a piece of falling debris.

The victim was treated for the wounds, but was later taken to an area hospital for further care, along with a member of the line’s Care Team. The ship, which was in the midst of a 16-night Transatlantic sailing that departed Harwich, England on August 31, sustained damage to the mast and other areas, but Martinez assures that the Jewel of the Seas would not be heavily impacted and contends the damage “in no way affects the seaworthiness of the ship.”

The itinerary was to conclude in Boston on September 16 and is currently on schedule.

A passenger who was onboard the cruise ship recalls being informed of the incident in a less than personal manner. The witness, who wrote about the incident on the Cruise Critic website, said passengers received a “Scary wakeup call from the captain saying we have a serious accident with an injury.”

This is not the first time that the Jewel of the Seas has visited Klaksvik. Martinez claims that Royal Caribbean is working closely with authorities to determine the exact cause of the maritime accident.

“All the navigational tools and charts we use to plan our voyage, including information we obtained from the local port authorities and harbor master in advance of our arrival, indicated we had enough clearance to pass under the cable,” added Martinez.

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