April 2011 Archives

April 30, 2011

Disney Cruise Ship Magic to Sail from Galveston, Texas

Disney Cruise Line announced their cruise ship Magic will start sailing from Galveston, Texas in September 2012 with stops in Mexico and the Caribbean. The Magic will join Royal Caribbean and Carnival ships already operating from Galveston.

Travelers should know that Disney Cruise Line's ticket requires all lawsuits brought against it due to any accident or illness occurring on their cruise ships must be filed in Brevard County, Florida.

April 28, 2011

Riviera Beach Personal Watercraft Crash Injures Rider

The Palm Beach Post reports two people were thrown off a personal watercraft near Peanut Island in Riviera Beach on April 24 after hitting a channel marker. The cause of the accident is being blamed on the craft having mechanical problems.

According to a statement from Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department, one rider was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The other was uninjured.

April 27, 2011

Teenage Girl's Leg Severed Below the Knee in Lake Gibson Personal Watercraft Accident

NewsCheif.com reports a teenage girl had part of her leg amputated when two personal watercraft collided on Lake Gibson at a high speed.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman Gary Morse stated the victim and a 15-year-old girl were riding Polaris jet propelled personal watercaft together about 2:30 p.m. on April 24, 2011 when they collided. It is estimated that both girls were traveling at 30 mph, and the impact severed the 14-year-old's left leg below the knee. The other girl was not injured.

The FWC has not released either girl's name but provide photos of the two Polaris personal watercrafts. Both are registered to Bob and Bonnie Roebuck of Lakeland.

Roebuck said the accident happened about 150 yards from his property on the north shore of Lake Gibson. He said the girls had been gone only about five minutes when he heard screaming and got in a boat to rescue the girl, bringing her back to his dock. The injured teenager was helivaced to Tampa General Hospital. Neither of the teens completed the boater-safety course required in Florida for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.

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Photo of the damaged Polaris personal watercrafts

April 27, 2011

Cruise Ship Guest Dies While Snorkeling in Hawaii

Kiiitv.com reports a cruise ship guest lost died while snorkeling in Hawaii. Kenneth Clem, 65, from Humble, Texas was snorkeling off a beach on the Big Island where he lost consciousness face down in the water. A lifeguard pulled the cruise ship passenger from the water and he was taken to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. It is unknown whether Clem was participating in a snorkeling excursion booked through the cruise line.

April 26, 2011

Sick Peruvian Crew Member Evacuated Off NCL Cruise Ship Norwegian Sun

The Royal Gazette Online reports a Peruvian crew member on the NCL cruise ship Norwegian Sun was evacuated to Bermuda on April 25, 2011.

The Norwegian Sun was passing Bermuda on its way from Port Canaveral to the Azores when the 23-year-old female crew member became sick. Under maritime law, the cruise line is obligated to provide sick and injured crew members prompt, proper and adequate medical care. The Norwegian Sun radioed for help and a pilot rescue boat met the cruise ship off St. George's at about 4.30pm. The crew member was transferred off the vessel by stretcher and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

April 26, 2011

Kids Sail for Free on Norwegian Cruise Lines

Miami, Florida based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced that through May 1 to 7 kids 17 and younger to sail free when traveling with their parents in a 3rd or 4th berth cabin on select voyages. Billed as the "Be a Vacation Hero" offer, this package includes cruise vacations to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii and Europe.

April 24, 2011

Teen Run Over by Boat in Titusville, Florida

The Albuquerque Express reports a teenage girl was hospitalized from injuries after a after being run over by a boat in Titusville, Florida.

The accident occurred just north of the Max Brewer Bridge, near Titusville on April 23, 2011. According to law enforcement, the 13-year-old fell off a boat and was hit by the propeller. She suffered deep cuts on her left thigh. The teen was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for treatment. The accident is still under investigation. No word on the teenager's condition.

April 3, 2011

Passenger Airlifted Off NCL Ship Norwegian Gem to Morehead City, North Carolina Area Hospital

The Outerbanksvoice.com reports a 57-year-old passenger was airlifted from the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship Norwegian Gem 28 miles east off Cape Hatteras.

At 12:45 p.m. on April 3rd the ship's doctor radioed the Coast Guard reporting that an injured passenger was suffering from internal bleeding and requested he be airlifted off the vessel. A Jayhawk helicopter crew was sent from the Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City medevaced the passenger and a ship's nurse to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, North Carolina.

April 2, 2011

Sandals' Boat Runs Over Guest Snorkeling at its Royal Bahaman Resort & Spa

A complaint filed in Kansas Federal Court on March 29th alleges a Sandals boat ran over its own guest while snorkeling. Janet Jilka was a guest at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa in July 2009. The complaint reveals that while snorkeling from the private resort's beach, a boat owned and controlled by Sandals ran over Ms. Jilka and struck her with the propeller. Per the complaint, this incident caused Ms. Jilka to be permanently disfigured.

This but one of multiple incident within recent years concerning the negligent operation of a Sandals' boat and snorkelers or scuba divers staying at its resorts. In August 2007, Sandal's abandoned a British couple vacationing at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa in the water for 5 hours during a scuba diving trip. In that incident, the Sandals dive boat took the remaining guests to other scuba diving areas and even made it all the way back to the dock before the Sandals employee learned he left 2 guests in the water.

The frequency of these incidents make one wonder what, if any, screening Sandals' performs on their boat operators before putting guests lives in their hands?