Celebrity Summit returns to dock to unload injured passenger

Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 3:28 pm    

Officials on board the Celebrity Sumnmit cruise ship decided to return to Bermuda on July 22 after a cruise ship passenger was injured.

Pilot boat St. David assisted the cruise ship with retrieving the injured man by rendezvousing with Celebrity Summit around 9:30 p.m. in the waters off the east end. The pilot boat docked at Ordnance Island, which is located within the limits of St. Georgestown, where an awaiting ambulance took the victim to King Edward Memorial Hospital for the treatment of his wounds. According to Bermuda news station Bernews, the man sustained facial injuries during a fall on board the cruise ship.

Although they attract millions of American tourists yearly, cruise ship trips can bring about unfortunate accidents, especially when the owners of the boat fail to properly maintain it. Cruise ships present unique injury risks, so Louis A. Vucci P.A. is here to help if you are injured on a ship due to another person’s negligence. Get in touch with our team by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


Filipino man dies during Norwegian Breakaway’s routine safety drill

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 5:15 pm    

A 41-year-old Filipino crewman on Bermuda-incorporated, Miami, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s Norwegian Breakaway lost his life after he fell overboard during a safety training drill while the ship was anchored at King’s Wharf in Dockyard in Hamilton, Bermuda on Wednesday, July 20. The victim was one of four crew members who were taken to the local hospital, a report from The Royal Gazette showed. The three other crew members sustained injuries of an undisclosed nature and were being medically treated.

According to a Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesman, the rope tethering of the lifeboat got loosened and it was left hanging from one wire, causing four crew members to fall into the water; one of the men who fell into the water broke his bones. The men were rescued by staff of the tour boat Aristocrat, who pulled the injured men ashore.

Acting Minister of Tourism, Development, and Transport of the One Bermuda Alliance Grant Gibbons said the government had already contacted Norwegian Cruise Line to talk about the matter.

The attorneys of Louis A. Vucci P.A. work exclusively with cruise ship accidents and have a unique understanding of how to help the victims of such incidents. Their thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones.


Cruise ship accident caused by fuel leak

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 9:41 pm    

On Saturday, July 16, a cruise ship owned by the Iquito, Peru-based Aqua Expeditions exploded on the port of Iquitos, causing the death of seven crewmen and injuring 13 other individuals.

According to preliminary investigations, the tourist boat was being refueled near the banks of the River Itaya in the province of Loreto when the ship exploded, causing it to partially sink. The crewmen involved in the accident were doing maintenance cleanups at the time of the accident. Officials said a dive team from the Navy is conducting recovery efforts to obtain the bodies of five crewmen who were trapped under the vessel. Aqua Expeditions officials said that even though the explosion happened when the ship was refueling, they were refueling in a proper manner and following all safety guidelines while doing so.

Louis A. Vucci, P.A. sees the damage done by cruise ships due to negligence or pure accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims in this accident.


Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas’ eight-year-old passenger nearly drowns in indoor swimming pool

Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 9:14 pm    

Miami, Florida-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s 4,905-passenger Anthem of the Seas, which was heading on a one-week itinerary to Bermuda and the Caribbean from Bayonne in Hudson County, New Jersey, recently had an eight-year-old passenger who fell into an indoor swimming pool and nearly drowned, reports from the United States Coast Guard showed.

The child reportedly received cardiopulmonary resuscitation while onboard the ship, which cut its trip short and returned to Bayonne, so the child could be medically attended to.

Similar incidents have happened before. A four-year-old boy almost drowned in a wave pool in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in January 2015, resulting in a lawsuit against the company that forced it to station lifeguards beside the pools on the cruise ship.

At Miami-based America-British cruise company Carnival Corp. & plc, the parent company of brands that include Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, Cunard, Costa, Fathom, and Princess, management requires children under 13 to swim with their parents.

Cruises provide a somewhat more affordable travel option for individuals and families. However, passengers may be exposed to the dangers of unique injury risks while onboard cruise ships. Our cruise ship injury lawyers at Louis A. Vucci P.A. provide legal representation for cruise ship injury victims. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344.