July 2011 Archives

July 25, 2011

Jet Ski Accident at Orlando Area Resort Sends 2 the Hospital

The Herald Sun reports a couple was injured in a Jet Ski accident at an Orlando area resort. The article states the driver and passenger were taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Centre for treatment after the crash at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, about 7.45pm on July 24th

Witnesses told authorities the watercraft appeared to be traveling about 65km/h when the accident happened. The man suffered 2 broken arms and a cut on his head. The woman was treated and released.

July 24, 2011

Passenger Believed to Have Fallen off Cruise Ship in Alaska's Inner Passage

Coast Guard Rescuse Cruise Passenger.jpgAnchorage Daily News reports a California man may have fell overboard from the Holland America cruise ship Oosterdam on July 22nd in the Inner Passage between Sitka and Ketchikan.

The Coast Guard indicates the passenger is believed to have fallen into the water between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. while the cruise ship was sailing to Ketchikan. Family members reported the young man missing when he did not join them exiting the ship in Ketchikan. The cruise ship preformed a search of the area where the passenger believed to have fallen off the vessel. Such a search by the cruise ship is required by maritime law in a man overboard situation. The after the initial search did not locate the passenger the Holland American cruise ship alerted the Coast Guard.

Crews on a Jayhawk helicopter from Sitka, the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Naushon and a 47-foot Coast Guard lifeboat were deployed for the search and rescue mission. "We searched overnight and we're still searching right now," stated Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley. The passenger's name has not been released.

July 6, 2011

Galveston Renovates Port Terminal to Accommodate Influx of Cruise Passengers

Galveston Cruise Accident Attorney.jpgTexas' oldest newspaper the Galveston Daily News reports Galveston is gearing up for a surge in cruise passengers in the coming months as Disney, Princess along with its current resident cruise lines Royal Caribbean and Carnival will be operating cruises from its "wharves".

GDN reports the governing board of the Port of Galveston approved spending $190,000 to nearly triple the number of seats at the Texas Cruise Ship Terminal from 1,350 to 3,640 and adding more crowd control barriers. The $190,000 appropriation for chairs and barriers is just the initial investment as the Port will eventually apportion up to $12 million for terminal renovation. Also in the works is a new screening area for embarking passengers, additional restrooms and a new gangway.

Carnival's newest ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, will begin 7 day Caribbean cruises out of Galveston on Nov. 14. In addition to the Magic, the 2,758 passenger Carnival Triumph, currently based in New Orleans, will reposition to Galveston on Oct. 6 to sail year-round four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises.

Princess Cruises and Disney Cruise Lines recently announced plans to move ships to Galveston beginning operation in 2012. Princess announced it would send the 3,070 passenger Crown Princess operating a series of 19 seven-night sailings to the Western Caribbean. Disney released that the 1,754 passenger Disney Magic will sail a series of 12 voyages out of Galveston starting in September, 2012. Also sailing out of Galveston this winter is Royal Caribbean's 3,114 passenger Mariner of the Seas of the taking the place of the 3,114 passenger Voyager of the Seas currently sailing from the island.

Passengers sailing from Galveston should know cruise lines require personal injury lawsuits to be filed in a certain court if they suffer an accident while cruising. Royal Caribbean, Disney and Carnival require cases to be filed in Florida while Princess requires cases to be filed in California. Passengers are urged to completely review their boarding passes so they could preserve their rights. If you suffered an injury and would like to know more about your rights, feel free to contact our cruise accident attorneys.

July 6, 2011

Florida Jet Ski Accident Sends 2 to the Hospital

WSVN.com reports two Jet Skis collided in the area of 88th Street and Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida, on July 3rd. According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a man and a woman were riding their jet skis when the two personal watercrafts collided. Eyewitness Kelli Denis stated, "All of a sudden we see two jet skis flying across-- like, really fast. And, they stopped," Denis also said "And they were on the shore and we thought that they were stuck. So, my dad and my friend, Kevin, went over there to see if they were alright."

Both riders were airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. The woman was rushed to the trauma unit, while the man is reportedly in more stable condition. The FWC is currently investigating the crash and a report is pending.

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