This week, an unidentified woman who fell overboard from the Norwegian Epic survived the ordeal. The incident occurred on the evening of Tuesday, March 6th at around 9pm, while the ship was near the Bahamas. According to reports, the announcement came over the intercom.
Rescue teams immediately mobilized to search for the guest and fortunately, quickly found and brought her back aboard the ship, where the ship’s medical staff evaluated her and deemed in stable condition. When the ship returned to Port Canaveral on Wednesday morning, the woman was transported to a local hospital for further care.
At this time, we do not know the name of the passenger, or the extent of her injuries. However, we send her our best wishes and wish her a full and speedy recovery.
What Led to the Fall?
In the wake of this event, we are grateful to know that the cruise line did not waste any time in sending out the rescue teams to search for the woman and bring her to safety. Falling from a cruise ship can pose very serious potential consequences, which typically are worsen by remaining in the water for an extended time.
Unfortunately, not all individuals who fall overboard are as lucky as this woman was. A variety of factors such as the height from which the fall occurs, the time of day, the injuries suffered on impact, the individual’s swimming ability, the water conditions, the speed of the boat, and several other factors can all affect the likelihood of surviving an overboard accident. Because of this, it is crucial that the cruise line becomes aware of the event as soon as possible, so that the best efforts to save the guest in need in a timely manner take place.
That said, we are still left wondering what may have led to the woman’s fall. One of the most common reasons for falling overboard is having consumed too much alcohol. Often, cruise lines serve guests far more alcohol than they should, leading to erratic behavior and, in some cases, dangerous situations that result in falling from balconies or decks into the water.
Accident and Injury At Sea Are Possible
While the cruise industry would like the public to believe that accident and injury do not take place at sea, that is simply not the case. As a result, it is important to remember to keep an eye out for yourself and your traveling companions whenever you are on a cruise. Even if the likelihood of your experiencing an event such as this overboard incident is slim, the possibility of something of that nature occurring should not be disregarded.
At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have experience assisting our clients with a wide range of cruise ship accident and injury cases, including overboard incidents. With 100 years of combined experience in this highly complex legal niche, we understand the burden you may be feeling and are here to help.
So, if you have suffered an injury at sea and are seeking legal advice, look no further. Speaking with a maritime lawyer on our team may be just what you need to get your life back in order. Ready to take the next step? Then do not hesitate to contact us.