Recently, a Virginia man traveling on a Carnival cruise perished in a Jet Ski accident. The 31 year old passenger was traveling on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship. He and his female companion decided to take a Jet Ski ride while at the port of call in Grand Cayman. At about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, a 15 year old boy from New York similarly elected to rent a jet ski when his ship, the Carnival Paradise, landed in Grand Cayman.
Authorities are reporting that the 15 year old’s Jet Ski collided with the 31 year old victim. It is not yet clear how the accident occurred or who was at fault. The boy received a minor injury to the nose and the female passenger was similarly unhurt. The 31 year old male, however, was in critical condition. Despite being transported to a local hospital, he died from his injuries.
An investigation has been launched by local authorities. Local news sites state that the boy rammed the Jet Ski driven by the deceased. It is not yet clear who offered the Jet Skis for rent and whether the cruise line directly offered the activity.
The Dangers of Cruise Line Excursions
Cruises can be a great way to get away and relax. Cruise ship excursions are often utilized to allow passengers to see different parts of the world while cruising. The cruise line offers these excursions so that passengers can experience adventure and fun. Passengers are often offered the opportunity to engage in activities such as parasailing, jet skis, scooters, or sightseeing tours. The cruise line offers these excursions through third party vendors and will receive a percentage of the fee charged. For instance, if the cruise line contracts with a parasailing company, about 60 percent of the fee will go to the vendor and 40 percent to the cruise line. While these on-shore excursions can be exciting and fun, they can also go horribly wrong and result in injury or death.
Liability for Cruise Ship Excursion Accidents
A cruise line’s liability can extend beyond the confines of the ship. Several cases involving violence to crew members and passengers while traveling at the port of call have pointed to the cruise line’s extensive liability. Courts generally hold that if the cruise line knew or had reason to know of the high probability of criminal activity in the area near the excursion or the ship’s docking area, and failed to warn passengers, the cruise line may be held accountable. Similarly, evidence that the cruise line knew or should have known of the dangers surrounding an excursion activity could be sufficient to establish liability.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Assisting the Victims of Excursion Accidents
Excursions can be great experiences for cruise ship passengers. They can also go terribly awry and result in serious injuries or even death. If you or a loved one is injured or killed while embarking on a cruise line excursion, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are here to help. Our attorneys will aggressively fight to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve due to the cruise line’s negligence, which can include coverage for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.