Royal Caribbean Crewmembers Treat Unusual Cruise Ship Injury Victim

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., our cruise ship injury attorneys have represented victims who have been hurt while onboard vessels for various reasons. Some victims have suffered extensive injuries as a result of the ship’s operator’s negligence, while other times, they were assaulted by fellow passengers. Maritime accident victims range in age and severity of injury, but one recent injury victim is sure to go down in history as one of a kind.

Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas crewmembers did all they could to make sure the victim obtained the help he needed, as company policy states. However, this wasn’t just any regular cruise injury victim. The injured party is none other than a pelican. But as strange as that sounds, Royal Caribbean authorities have undoubtedly proven their commitment to helping anyone – human or fowl – who is in need of medical attention while on a company vessel.

Indeed, the pelican might have his own case against the cruise line. After all, he was technically injured because of one of the ship’s structures. If a structure onboard a vessel poses a threat to someone’s well-being, and subsequently leads to an injury, that victim may be able to claim compensation against the line for the company’s negligence. While our cruise ship injury attorneys usually work with human travelers, we do wish the bird a speedy recovery.

According to the line, the pelican landed on Jewel of the Seas after it flew into the vessel’s superstructure. The bird is a native of Holland Island, Maryland, and was tagged by the U.S. Geological Survey Bird Banding Laboratory on September 7th. He was transported to BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa on Thursday, where he has been receiving treatment for his injuries.

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners avian and exotics medicine team explain they are treating the pelican for dehydration as well as for a minor wing injury. Luckily, the pelican will be ok, but he will be in need of rehabilitation for his injuries.

Royal Caribbean officials explained the pelican landed on deck 12 port-side of Jewel of the Seas shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The ship was already on its way back to its seasonal homeport of Tampa after calling at Cozumel, Mexico, on Tuesday. Royal Caribbean’s staff transferred the injured bird to Hillsborough County Animal Services during a port call in Tampa, Thursday at approximately 10 a.m. The pelican is scheduled to be transferred to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary today, where he will receive rehabilitation treatment for his wing injury.

It is unlikely the bird will file a case against the cruise line and in turn, it is not likely Royal Caribbean officials will take action against the pelican to charge him for a cruise ticket after being a stowaway.

Photo Credits:

Pelican – Wikipedia
Jewel of the Seas – Cruise Compete