They say that bad things come in threes. Well, it seems that for the cruise industry, bad things come with a lot more frequency than that. Our cruise lawyers here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have recently blogged about three tragic overboard accidents that have occurred within the cruise industry in just the last two weeks alone. And now, we’re shocked to learn that yet another cruise passenger has gone missing from a ship. If this isn’t a sign that there should be an industry-wide mandate to install man overboard detection technology on ALL ships, we don’t know what is.
According to news reports, the latest man overboard accident occurred on Sunday night. The victim, a male passenger who was sailing aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas cruise ship, allegedly disappeared while the vessel was sailing roughly 20 miles off the coast of the Florida Keys. As with the other three overboard accidents, Royal Caribbean hasn’t shared much regarding the incident. In fact, we don’t even know if the man actually fell or jumped from the ship!
The cruise line released a statement saying that surveillance footage was reviewed, which showed the man climbing over the railing on deck 12 of the ship, and then jumped. But is the cruise line sure he really jumped?