August 2011 Archives

August 26, 2011

Alaskan Cruise Ship Passenger Medevaced

ms-statendam.jpgAlaskan Native News reports Coast Guard Air Station Sitka medevaced a 70-year-old male cruise ship passenger from the Holland American Statendam August 23rd.

Coast Guard District 17 command center watchstanders received a call from the crew of the cruise ship Statendam requesting a medevac of the man who was reportedly suffering symptoms of congestive heart failure. The Statendam crew transported the ill passenger from the cruise ship to awaiting emergency medical services on shore via their small boat. The EMS then took the patient to the airport and safely transferred him to the helicopter crew at 9:45 p.m.

The helicopter crew flew from Gustavus and arrived at the Juneau airport at 10:35 p.m. where local EMS transported the patient to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further medical care. No word on the passenger's condition.

August 22, 2011

Teen Dies in a Boating Crash in a South Florida Canal

News 7 reports Coral Springs Police and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials responded to the scene of the accident near the 11000 block of S.W. First Street on the afternoon of August 21st.

Coral Springs Police stated 17-year-old Randolph Bieszczak was inner tubing the canal with two of his friends. Witnesses said the tube carrying Bieszczak hit the bank of the canal. The teen died at the scene.

"We were all taking out this boat, and I went to my house. The next thing you know, I saw the helicopters came," said Chad Farrell, a friend of the victim.

Bieszczak's family members mentioned that the teens were not drinking at the time of the fatal incident. "I've never seen him drunk, never seen him [with] any type of drugs. Always a good kid, always laughing, having fun," said the victim's friend, Krysropher Malarski.

FWC is investigating the fatal accident. Officials said they have not yet filed any charges against the boat's operator.

August 18, 2011

Father & Son Injured in the Florida Keys When Boat Ran Them Over

WGMD.COM reports 39-year old Jared Adkins and his son Calvin were scuba diving near Conch Reef, just south of Key Largo on August 16th, when they were run over by the 46' charter boat Big Dipper. Both father and son were airlifted to Miami area hospitals.

Scuba divers being run over by boats are quite common in South Florida especially during lobster season. If you were injured a boat and have questions about your legal rights, don't hesitate to contact our Florida boat injury attorneys.

August 16, 2011

Vacationers Allege Sandals' Employee Threatened Them at Gunpoint After Hiding in Their Room

A couple vacationing at Sandals Resorts International's St. Lucia Halcyon Resort brought suit against Sandals and their travel agency in Federal Court located in Miami, Florida. Citing the couple's compliant, the Miami, Florida Federal Judge wrote:

In September 2009, husband and wife William and Karen Cadow booked an anniversary vacation package to St. Lucia through a California-based travel agency, Classic Vacations, LLC. The plaintiffs claim Classic Vacations sold them an all inclusive nine-day stay at Sandals Halcyon Resort in a "Grande Luxe Beachfront Room" with a full ocean view. Once the Cadows arrived in St. Lucia on April 9, 2010, however, a Sandals employee told them the "Grande Luxe Beachfront Room" was unavailable, and they would be "upgraded" to a better room. The Cadows were disappointed to discover the upgraded room offered only a "small partial ocean view." Unfortunately, their vacation took another turn for the worse on the second night, when the Cadows returned to their hotel room only to discover a resort employee hiding under the bed. The employee allegedly threatened the Cadows with a gun and assaulted them while trying to escape with their laptop computer, digital camera, and other property.

Over motions to dismiss filed by the travel agency, the judge allowed the case to continue against both Classic Vacations and Sandals. This case is still pending.

August 2, 2011

Sick Norwegian Cruise Line Crewmember Medevaced off the Norwegian Dawn

NCL Crewmember Attorney.jpgThe Cape Cod Times reports a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a sick crewman from the Norwegian Day cruise ship approximately 46 miles southeast of Nantucket to a Cape Cod hospital July 28th.

The Norwegian Dawn contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England personnel around 6 p.m., requesting assistance for a 35-year-old crewman experiencing abdominal pain. Rick Arsenault, a search and rescue controller at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston, stated, "After the flight surgeon determined the patient required medical care that wasn't available on the cruise ship, we dispatched the helicopter crew to transport him from the ship to the hospital... Our crew was able to get him the attention he needed much faster than having the ship come into port."

The Federal Jones Act and maritime law requires a cruise line to provide sick crewmembers with prompt, proper and adequate medical care. The crewmember's condition is unknown.

August 2, 2011

Carnival Cruise Ships have Accident in Key West, Florida

Carnival Cruise Injury Lawyer.jpgMSN reports two Carnival cruise ships collided while at Key West Harbor. The cruise ship accident occurred on July 27th when the Carnival Fantasy bumped into the Carnival Imagination already moored at the pier. According to Carnival, the collision did not cause any injuries to the passengers abort the two cruise ship.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident including alcohol / drug testing to ship personnel in safety-sensitive positions.