Cruise Lines may be found liable for not just accidents causing injury, but also deaths suffered by their passengers while participating in activities on board the cruise ships or while on any shore activities. While a cruise is fun and normally safe, there are a number of issues that the cruise lines should be required to warn passengers about, and take steps to protect the passengers. The following are two examples of deaths associated with cruise lines.
Cruise Ship Passenger Dies In Jet Ski Accident
A 27-year-old passenger from Florida aboard the Carnival Sensation was recently killed while riding a jet ski she had rented while the ship was docked at a port of call in Nassau, Bahamas. Another passenger, who was also riding the jet ski, was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital.
Carnival Cruise Lines released a statement expressing its condolences to the victim’s family for her death, as well as stating that the jet ski was independently owned and operated. Despite Carnival’s statement, a determination of liability will have to wait for the results of the investigation of the accident by the Nassau Police.
Body Found Could Be Missing Cruise Ship Passenger
The Nassau Guardian reported that a body was found from the waters off the Western New Province on June 7, 2011. This follows a short time after a passenger from a Carnival Cruise Line’s ship was reported missing. The passenger, Nathaniel Wells, had rented a jet-ski on Paradise Island. Wells, along with friends, rented jet skis and agreed that they would meet up on shore after the rental time had expired. Wells never showed up. According to news reports, there are conflicting accounts regarding whether the jet ski was returned to the vendor who rented it, or whether it was simply found on the beach. The investigation is continuing into what occurred.
If you or a relative suffered an injury or death while on a cruise, you should contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Cruise ship cases are usually governed by the conditions established on the ticket, which often establish a term of six months to give written notice of the claim and one year from the date of sail to file suit against the company. A Cruise Lines Injury Attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.