This week, a 32 year woman
fell overboard from the Carnival Ecstasy about 27 miles from Freeport Bahamas. This comes just 4 months after a
33 year old, Samantha Broberg,
fell overboard from the Carnival Liberty which departed from Galveston, Texas on a four-day cruise of Mexico.
Data compilations from
cruisejunkie.com illustrate that in the past 10 years, Carnival Cruise Lines has reported
approximately 42 accounts of persons (passengers and crew) falling overboard.
This is by far the highest number of reports followed by Royal Caribbean
with approximately 28 reports in ten years, and then Norwegian Cruise
Lines with 13 reports. The disappointing thing is that in most overboard
falls, the relatives have little closure as search teams are not likely
to find or determine what happened to the victim.
Cruise lines owe a duty to protect their passengers, maintain safety equipment
(including railings), comply with a multitude of safety regulations and
requirements, maintain safety and rescue protocols, and ensure quick response
to any reports of passengers being hurt or falling overboard. Clearly
the cruise lines are aware of the existence of multiple issues resulting
in the unacceptable number of reports of overboard falls which continues
to climb annually.
In many instances, the cruise lines will label it as an accidental overboard
or suicide, disclaim liability, and make the discovery process difficult
to prevent victims’ relatives from learning about the cruise line’s
failure to comply with numerous duties it owed to the victim and other
passengers. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, the first
thing you should do is hire a competent and knowledgeable attorney to
assist you in your claim against the cruise line.
Since 1983, Michael C. Black, P.A. , has been the go-to Miami cruise
ship injury and maritime law attorneys for hundreds of clients. Discover
what sets us apart, and what you should do next for your own claim, during a
free case evaluation with our team.