Our cruise ship lawyers here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have reported on several accidents that have occurred both on a ship and in port which have led to serious injuries. Some accidents can’t be avoided, but others are due to sheer negligence. When you have a catastrophic accident, like an overboard accident, the cruise line in question is usually at least partially to blame. Whether it’s because they failed to have crew members on site to prevent the incident in the first place, or whether it’s because they failed to have overboard detection systems in place, in most cases, cruise lines are found to have contributed to the accident. Despite the issue of passenger safety that has been brought up time and time again, cruise lines seem to care more about investing their funds on improving entertainment onboard a ship than to improve safety features. And this week, a tragic overboard accident further demonstrates that the cruise industry is very far from being “safe”.
News sources have reported that a passenger has fallen overboard from a Princess Cruises ship this week. The victim, a female passenger, was last seen around 1 p.m. Wednesday. She was sailing aboard the Grand Princess northeast of Hawaii when the accident occurred. However, after reviewing footage of the incident, cruise officials are saying that the woman “intentionally” went overboard.