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Royal Caribbean, Liberty of the Seas, passenger overboard, Florida Keys, cruise lawyersThey 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?

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Carnival Triumph, passenger overboard, Gulf of Mexico, cruise ship accident lawyersIt’s only been a few days since our cruise ship accident lawyers here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. reported on a tragic overboard accident involving a Virginia Tech university student who fell overboard from the Carnival Glory, but now, we’re saddened and shocked to report that yet another Carnival Cruise Line passenger has suffered a similar fate.

According to news reports, the body of a male passenger who fell overboard from the Carnival Triumph has been recovered. The victim’s body was found today, Wednesday, March 18, after officials had been notified that a 54-year-old passenger had fallen overboard while the vessel was sailing into the Gulf of Mexico.

From what we’ve learned, authorities were notified of the overboard accident on Tuesday. After receiving a report of a possible overboard accident, the Triumph’s crew reviewed the ship’s surveillance footage, which confirmed that the passenger had, indeed, fallen from the vessel. News reports say the Triumph’s crew then initiated a search for the missing man and notified maritime and Mexican authorities of the accident. Officials in Mexico also initiated a search and rescue mission to find the missing passenger.

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SuperStar Libra, Star Cruises, overboard passenger, man overboard detection technology, cruise accident attorneysLast week, the cruise accident attorneys at our firm discussed a tragic overboard accident involving a Virginia Tech student. The victim, only 21 years old, was reported to have fallen overboard from the Carnival Glory while the vessel was sailing near the Bahamas. Though the cruise line did not offer much information surrounding the cause of the accident, one thing was made clear: cruise lines have yet to install man overboard detection technology, which could drastically improve the rate of survival for overboard victims.

We would hope that the more than 200 overboard accidents that have already transpired in just the last 20 years would have sparked a much needed change within the cruise industry regarding safety enhancements – especially when it comes to installing man overboard detection systems – but alas, this vital lifesaving technology has yet to be implemented industry wide. And now, yet another cruise passenger has fallen victim to an overboard accident.

According to a Malaysian news article, the body of a Star Cruises passenger was discovered last night (March 16). The victim, a 50-year-old Indonesian male passenger, was found by a fisherman in Malaysian waters three days after the overboard accident was alleged to have transpired.

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Cruise passenger, Carnival Glory, overboardOur cruise ship accident lawyers here at LMAW are saddened to report that the search for a missing Carnival Cruise passenger has officially been called off. The victim, a 21-year-old Virginia Tech student, fell overboard from the Carnival Glory while it was sailing near the Bahamas. Though the loss is a tragic one, the accident highlights yet another tragedy – the lack of passenger safety within the cruise industry.

According to NBC news reports on the matter, the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for missing cruise passenger Cameroon Smook on March 10. Smook had been sailing aboard the Carnival Glory with some of his friends on a 7-day Caribbean itinerary when he was reported missing on Sunday, March 8, a day after the vessel set sail. After reviewing the ship’s surveillance footage, authorities were able to confirm Smook did, indeed, fall from the ship.

An air and sea search for the overboard cruise passenger was initiated roughly five miles south of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, extending a 6,500 nautical square mile area (approximately). Reports also indicate that a second Carnival ship, the Carnival Ecstasy, was called to assist with the mission and diverted its itinerary in order to help maritime authorities in their search.

The loss of this young victim is not one to be taken lightly. A gifted student, Smook was just weeks away from graduating with a mining engineering degree from Virginia Tech. According to his family, Smook had recently accepted a job offer and was excited to start the next chapter in his life – a life that would end far too soon.

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Carnival Glory cruise passenger reported missingMany believe cruise vacations are all about having fun and leaving worries behind. Rightfully, they should be. Unfortunately, as our cruise accident lawyers here at LMAW know all too well, that’s not always the case. There have been over 240 overboard accidents reported in the last 20 years alone, and now, it appears as though there may be one more to add to that harrowing statistic.

According to a recent post on CruiseJunkie, a website created by Sociology Professor and cruise expert Ross Klein and devoted to informing the public about cruise and maritime accidents, crimes, and other important statistics, there have been reports that a passenger has gone overboard from the Carnival Glory cruise ship.

The post explains that the passenger went overboard sometime in the early hours of Sunday, March 8, while the Carnival Glory was sailing to Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. According to passenger accounts, crews reviewed the ship’s surveillance footage and the vessel did not make its scheduled call on the Bahamian port. Instead, the CruiseJunkie post explains the ship “did circles” around the area, and was joined by another Carnival vessel in a search for the missing passenger.

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Disney Magic, Royal Caribbean, overboard passenger, cruise ship safety, maritime attorneysIn our last blog, we discussed the strange cruise ship overboard accident that has made headlines across the nation. A Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas passenger mysteriously fell overboard last week and was rescued by the Disney Magic. But there are several questions left unanswered.

Witnesses aboard the ship explain that several passengers heard victim while he was in the water crying out for help. After passengers spotted him, the crew of the Disney Magic began a rescue mission. Passengers were able to throw life vessels out to the victim, identified as 22-year-old Frank Jade, and he was subsequently taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries.

What’s strange about the incident is that the victim has no recollection about how he fell into the sea. Fortunately – and quite shockingly – he suffered no major injuries as a result of the accident, but our maritime attorneys are left wondering about the real details surrounding the incident and how this passenger could have even survived in the water for so long. If he has no memory of falling, it could mean he lost consciousness. But if the victim was unconscious, how did he stay afloat? Something just doesn’t seem right.

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Disney Magic, Royal Caribbean, man overboard, rescue, maritime attorneysWhen a 22-year old man fell overboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship near Cozumel, Mexico last week, the crew on Disney Magic were put on alert. Finding a passenger who has fallen into the vast ocean is extremely difficult, even for trained Coast Guard personnel, as we discovered in the case of Robert Konrad who fell off his boat and wasn’t spotted by Coast Guard, even after they shined their lights right on him. In a man overboard situation, all people available to scan the water should be asked to help to spot a fallen passenger. It can be very challenging to spot a person in the water, especially if he or she isn’t wearing a life jacket.

Miraculously, the Disney Magic was able to find and rescue the victim. However, the accident raises several concerns, not only calling into question the safety tactics and protocols of both Disney and Royal, but those of the cruise industry as a whole.

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stay safe on your cruiseImagine this: you’re out for your morning walk on the beach. It’s the day after Christmas and the sun is shining. You look out into the water and realize that something isn’t right. Something that is in the water shouldn’t be there. You take a closer look. Your curiosity becomes horror as you realize what it is you are looking at.

For the innocent bystander who found the body of a Holland America crew member, this scenario was reality. The body of Cliford B. Minej washed up on a Florida beach just five days after his cruise ship returned home without him. His body washed up at around 7:15 a.m. on Clearwater Beach. He was reportedly found wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

Unfortunately, man overboard situations on cruise ships are more common than the public would like to think. Since 2000, over 200 people have died as a result of falling overboard.

Investigators are still trying to determine what went wrong. It is unclear whether the man jumped to his death or fell off the ship by accident. The Pinellas County Medical Examiner has thus far ruled the man’s death an accident.

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Sun PrincessJust last week, we discussed a rather disturbing video we saw regarding a Carnival Cruise Line passenger who purposefully jumped overboard from the ship as it approached the port of Grand Turk. We say disturbing because there have been 239 cruise passenger overboard accidents in the past decade alone, and this individual’s choice to jump ship makes a mockery out of those victims’ suffering – along with their families’ suffering. This man is lucky to be alive, as it is a rare few that actually survive falling overboard. We don’t know what got into him. Maybe he thought it was funny? Maybe he just wasn’t thinking? Either way, it was a careless decision – and careless is putting it lightly.

Overboard accidents are no laughing matter. Hundreds of people have lost their lives after falling overboard – and many of these accidents remain unsolved cruise passenger disappearance crimes and mysteries to this date. Purposefully jumping off the ship is an extremely dangerous thing to do. If you feel the urge to jump, jump into the pool on your ship, or jump up and down on your stateroom’s bed. Jumping 60 feet off a ship into waters that you have no idea what’s lurking within is extremely reckless and will most likely result in a fatality.

But while one person is busy poking fun at jumping overboard, the family of one actual overboard victim is now grieving for the loss of their loved one. Our maritime lawyers were saddened to learn that the search for a cruise passenger who fell from a Princess Cruises ship was called off.

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Carnival passenger jumps overboard on purposeYesterday, we discussed a pretty strange, rare, and honestly, rather foolish decision made by a Carnival Cruise Line passenger. The individual decided, whether because he thought it was funny, was intoxicated, or because he did not fully comprehend the gravity of his actions, to purposefully jump overboard into the waters off the coast of Grand Turk.

We cannot stress how dangerous his decision was, as he is lucky to be alive. You already heard what our offshore injury lawyer thought on the matter; now check out what the jumper himself had to say about the incident. His testimony – and a video documenting the entire jump – is available for the whole world to see (and be dumbfounded by).

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