A 56 year old cruise ship passenger from New Mexico died in a zip lining accident in Puerto Rico. Police report that the passenger fell about 20 feet from the line at the Hacienda Campo Rico, east of San Juan. Police report that the fall victim initially seemed paralyzed and complained of chest pain after the fall. She died hours later in the hospital. The zip line tour was organized by a San Juan based company called Ecoquest Adventures & Tours. At least 24 cruise ship passengers visited the park on the day of the accident.
The cruise ship accident attorneys in Miami at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano have assisted many cruise ship passengers who were injured while participating in excursions. Cruise lines often offer a variety of excursions to enhance the experience of passengers. These excursions can be fun, but due to the lack of regulation, they can also be dangerous.
Ecoquest was certified by an Illinois based company and all tour guides should have been trained in risk management, first aid, and rescue. However, the company’s membership expired last year. Although inspections are supposed to happen every year, there is no agency that ensures they actually do occur.
Cruise Ship Excursions Must Become Better Regulated
This recent accident and the numerous other cruise ship excursion accidents calls to light the need for increased regulation of tourism adventure type providers. Statistics show that injuries from zip line accidents have increased significantly across the United States and likely abroad. Zip line companies rely upon the tourism industry and it is standard practice for cruise ship companies to offer these adventures. Other common excursions include boating, jet skiing, scuba diving or snorkeling, fishing, horseback riding, parasailing, helicopter tours, waterfall hikes, and more.
Several major lawsuits have been lodged against cruise lines when passengers were injured while performing on shore excursions. Eight passengers aboard an Alaska cruise recently died in a plane ride offered by the cruise ship. The plane operated during poor weather and cruise ship passengers were not given the option to obtain a refund in the event they cancelled. Other accidents include a bus crash that injured numerous cruise line passengers, and the bus company later turned out to be uninsured.
Those injured during a shore excursion while cruising may be entitled to compensation from the cruise line or the tour company. Often times, the local tour companies are underinsured or lack insurance all together, leaving the passenger with no coverage if not for the cruise ship company. The cruise line can be held accountable for shore excursions if there is evidence of negligence on the part of the cruise line, such as negligent hiring or failure to investigate the safety record of the excursion company.
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