Our attorneys have investigated many cruise passenger disappearances over the years since Charles Lipcon, of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. began his legal career dealing with shipping including cruise ships. There are times in which passengers are rescued, but there are other instances in which the victims do not survive. A vast majority of passenger disappearances involve the victims going overboard and many times, these accidents can be contested in court.
Cruise operators have a responsibility to those who are onboard their vessels – including both passengers and crewmembers – are reasonably are kept safe from harm. There are times in which the ship’s conditions can lead a person to go overboard, such as inadequate railings or over-serving alcohol to passengers. Then there are incidents in which the cruise line is guilty of negligence after the passenger goes overboard. When crewmembers are advised that a person onboard has gone missing, vessel authorities must take reasonable measures to perform a search and rescue including calling for help with the Coast Guard. Oftentimes, cruise ships do not perform emergency procedures quickly enough, leaving too much time to pass for the victim to be rescued. When this occurs, loved ones of those who have perished at sea may file a case with our maritime attorneys and seek compensation for the loss of the victim.
The family of one Washington State man may soon be calling upon the expertise of a cruise accident lawyer after the victim was reported missing from a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The U.S. Coast Guard was already informed of the tragic accident and has begun an investigation to find and rescue the victim. Cruise lines do not disclose the names of passengers who go missing, but Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said the victim is a 42-year-old man.
Castrodad also explained that two Coast Guard ships and a helicopter have been dispatched to search for the passenger. The man’s wife reported him missing from the Holland America Line cruise ship Eurodam, which was traveling from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to the Bahamas. The victim was reported to have gone missing early Thursday.
Holland America issued a statement regarding the cruise passenger disappearance and explained that the vessel turned around when officials were made aware of the missing passenger and the vessel has also joined the search for the missing man.
The Eurodam had departed Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday for a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean.
The incident just took place and not many details have been given. However, in the event that Holland America is found to have committed some act of negligence regarding the missing passenger, they may be held liable and may be ordered to pay damages to the victim’s family.
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