Our cruise ship accident lawyers have often reported on an array of different passenger illnesses and injuries that have ensued on the high seas. Incidents have ranged from emergencies related to passenger medical conditions, to slip and falls, to violent assaults. However, in our experience and opinion, the underlying factor in the majority of these incidents the underlying factor in the majority of these incidents is the cruise line in providing a safe onboard environment, free of accident-inducing hazards, violence, and health-related threats. We of course realize that accidents happen, but you know what, accidents can also be prevented.
Though it’s more common to hear of one particular passenger sustaining an injury or accident on a ship, today, we were surprised to learn of not one, but three separate passenger injuries transpiring aboard a Holland America cruise ship.
According to local news reports, three passengers aboard Holland America’s MS Ryndam vessel were transported to hospitals in Miami Monday night following unrelated medical emergencies sustained while the ship was sailing off the coast of South Florida from Tampa en route to London. Rescue crews evacuated the passengers while the vessel was roughly three miles close to shore.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue explains that one of the victims suffered a leg injury, another sustained a head injury, and the third went into cardiac arrest. What could have happened aboard the Ryndam?