December 2010 Archives

December 29, 2010

3 Florida Panhandle Fishermen Rescued in Jupiter

WMBB 13 reports Vicki Trickey, 50, of Wewahitchka, Christopher Goodwin, 28, of Southport and boat operator Richard Lancaster, 60, of Port St. Joe were able to swim to shore after hours in the water on December 27, 2010. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission theorize that their 20' vessel hit a large wave and capsized. The fishermen were treated on-scene for hypothermia.

December 27, 2010

North Miami Captain Who Allegedly Killed a Partygoer on His Boat Rearrested

Miami Herald reports North Miami boat captain, Eulices Alvarez Barrios, was rearrested and released after failing to appear for his arraignment. Barrios is facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly throwing Domingo Vilalta, a July 4th partygoing, from his boat into Biscayne Bay . Vilalta was killed by a boat propeller, and his body was not found until two days later.

Miami-Dade police say Barrios was enraged with Vilalta's drunken behavior aboard his boat. The two men were part of a group partying aboard two vessels just south of the Broad Causeway in North Miami.

Barrios' defense lawyer said Barrios did not know his court date because the hearing notice was mailed to the wrong address. Barrios was to be released Saturday on his original $50,000 bail.

December 19, 2010

Mother & Toddler Medevaced off Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem reports Toddler and Mother Medevaced off Norwegian Cruise Line's ship Norwegian Gem Coast Guard reported to a request to medevac a 16 month old girl suffering from an upper respiratory track infection and respiratory distress from the Norwegian Gem on December 18, 2010.

Lt. Commander Todd Block commanding pilot of the MH-60T rescue helicopter stated "it was a very difficult hoist" as the mission was conducted in high with with heavy rain and snow. The infant was taken to New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. The status of the child's condition is currently unknown.

December 19, 2010

Cruise Passenger Airlifted from Holland America's Ryndam after Fall

The Associated Press is reporting that on December 18, 2010 passenger, Andrew Spicer (46), was injured from a fall aboard the Holland America cruise ship Ryndam while in the Gulf of Mexico and was airlifted to a Tampa, Florida hospital. The Ryndam was approximately 120 miles southwest of St. Petersburg, Florida at the time of the accident.

Falls aboard cruise ships can occur for a variety of reasons. Should you like to learn more about falls aboard cruise ships and the cruise lines' obligation to their passengers, we invite you to read the following articles:

December 18, 2010

Two Men Injured When Airboat Flips Near Brevard-Volusia County Line

The Orlando Sentinel reports two men were ejected from an airboat near the Brevard-Volusia county line early on December 18, 2010

The men were transported to Parrish Medical Center. One man was later transferred to the trauma center at Holmes Regional Medical Center. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is investigating the accident.

December 14, 2010

Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas Rocked by High Winds

CNN travel reports Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas encountered high winds and rough seas while carrying 2000 passengers off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. The storm resulted in nearly 30 passengers being injured, shattered glass and overturned furniture. The damage forced the closure of the vessel's beauty salon, video arcade and discos for the remainder of the cruise. The cruise ship is expected to return Barcelona as scheduled.

December 12, 2010

Paddleboat Starlite Princess Ran Aground In Ormand Beach while Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway

Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the paddleboat Starlite Princess ran aground in Ormond Beach while carrying 150 passengers on December 11, 2010. The 107' paddlewheel riverboat was nearly half-full Friday night when the grounding occurred. The vessel was grounded for nearly 2 hours in the intracoastal waterway before freed by salvors.

StarLite president Phil Henderson said the captain steered the vessel into too shallow waters, and a slight breeze pushed it along. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding. This is the Starlite Princess' second grounding.