Passengers suffer injuries and illnesses onboard cruise ships more often than cruise lines would like to come clean about. Unfortunately, a large number of victims do not get the proper medical attention they deserve, either because the vessel’s medical staff is insufficiently trained or the facility lacks the proper medical equipment, because the victim is not transported to a hospital fast enough, or sometimes, because cruise line operators fail to act with the speed and concern that is required for all passengers and crewmembers when they become ill or injured. Luckily, a passenger who was not feeling well onboard a cruise ship this week received help quickly and survived.
Virginia Coast Guard crews responded to a call regarding a sick passenger who was traveling onboard a cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina Monday night. The cruise ship passenger, a 52-year-old woman who was traveling onboard the Carnival Glory, which left from Norfolk Monday afternoon, had complained of chest pains around 10:30 p.m. and crewmembers contacted the Coast Guard 5th District right away.
The Coast Guard responded quickly, dispatching a rescue crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, which was approximately 50 miles east of the ship, to assist the victim. The crew arrived around midnight, and the woman, her husband and a nurse were all hoisted off the ship and onto the helicopter and flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
According to Lt. Greg Dahl, the Jayhawk aircraft commander from Air Station Elizabeth City, the rescue mission was a success because of the coordination and cooperation between the crews. Although the cruise ship passenger survived, her current condition is unknown and the names of those involved have yet to be revealed.
This cruise ship passenger was very lucky to have received help promptly. Many cruise injury or illness victims do not obtain the help they need in time and sustain even greater injuries or may die of their illnesses. When cruise operators receive word that a passenger or crewmember has been involved in an accident or is sick, they need to act fast and get them the medical attention they require. The safety and health of all who are onboard is the responsibility of the cruise line, and when ship officials do something that compromises the well-being of crew and passengers, they may be held liable for any subsequent injuries or deaths.
Anyone who has survived an accident or injury onboard a cruise vessel or who has lost someone they love because of a cruise line’s negligence is encouraged to seek legal help with our Miami admiralty firm, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. With over 80 years of combined experience in successfully recovering over $100 million to passengers and crewmembers involved in accidents at sea, Lipcon cruise injury attorneys will work diligently on your case to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Call our maritime law firm today for more information on your case and to learn how to protect your rights as a cruise injury victim.