Water Sport Rules Tightened In The Bahamas After Tourists' Accidents

July 24, 2011

The Bahamian government has decided to tighten the rules related to water sports in the wake of an unprecedented number of accidents in which some tourists have been injured, and two tourists have lost their lives.

Deadly Jet Ski Accident

Just last May, a Carnival Cruise Lines' Florida passenger was killed in a jet ski accident during a stop of the Carnival Sensation in Nassau, Bahamas. The victim, a 27-year-old woman, had a man in his late 20's with her on the jet ski at the time of the accident. The jet ski passenger was injured and taken to a hospital in the Bahamas.

The jet ski was independently owned and rented to cruise ship passengers and other tourists by a Bahamian tour operator. These operators, who have explained their practices to The Tribune, claimed that they are all duly licensed by the Bahamian Port Authority and always operate within the law. However, a subsequent investigation revealed that the beach where the accident occurred had been ordered closed earlier that same day by authorities due to inclement weather. According to investigators, a warning had gone out to all water sport operators about that area being closed to water sport activities. Apparently, the company involved in this tragic death chose to ignore the warning.

Another Jet Ski Accident

Barely two weeks later, on May 22, another tourist was sent to the hospital after a jet ski collided with a banana boat in the same location where the previous accident happened: Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The accident victim this time, a 35 year old woman from Florida, was a passenger riding on the banana boat when a jet ski and the fun ride collided. The woman was taken to a Bahamian hospital and treated for her injuries, including a fractured leg.

One More Tourist Killed

Just a month before this accident, The Tribune reported that an American couple in Grand Bahamas had a parasailing accident that left the woman dead and her husband fighting for his life. Apparently, the accident occurred when the harness broke away from the parasail and they dropped about 50 feet to the ground.

Cruise Lines may be found liable for accidents suffered by their passengers while participating in any of the following on shore activities, if the event was scheduled by the ship:

1. Diving
2. Surfing
3. Boating
4. Parasailing
5. Jet Skiing
6. Hiking
7. ZIP Lining
8. Off road excursions on bicycles, motor bikes, 4X4 vehicles like
Jeeps, etc.

If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Please note that these cases are usually governed by the conditions established in the ticket, which often establish a term of six months to give written notice of the claim and of one year from the date of sail to file suit against the company. The Cruise Lines Injury Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have handled many such cases over the years and can help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to. Please visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today.