Our cruise ship accident lawyers have been covering a wide range of cases as of late, from passenger disappearances to tragic sexual assault crimes. More often than not, these terrible happenings could have been prevented had the cruise lines in question boosted their security measures and safety procedures. Having represented literally thousands of victims who have suffered accidents and crimes on the high seas, it comes as no surprise to the lawyers at our firm that negligence or wrongdoing is to blame for the vast majority of these incidents. However, we’ve just learned of a horrible cruise accident that may have actually been just that – an accident.
Our attorneys have just come to learn that a passenger aboard the British-based cruise ship MS Marco Polo, owned by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, was killed after the ship was hit by a “freak wave during adverse sea conditions.” The vessel was sailing into the English Channel on February 14 when the accident occurred and was transporting a total of 735 passengers and 349 crew members.
By common definition, a “rogue” wave is a giant wave that unexpectedly comes out of nowhere. Scientifically, a rogue wave is a wave that is greater than twice the size of surrounding waves. In practice, a “rogue” wave is a defense put up by cruise lines or ship owners in order to avoid responsibility for sailing into dangerous waters, which are often known to include GIANT waves.
To this very point, the UK had been reportedly suffering with unfavorable weather last month, from torrential rains to horrific floods to huge waves at sea. Thus, this alleged massive rogue wave devastating the cruise ship couldn’t really be that much of a surprise, could it?