Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed that a 14-year-old passenger aboard the Carnival Cruise Line passenger cruise ship VICTORY was shot during a shoreside excursion while the teenager was in Coki Point Beach, St. Thomas. Apparently, Coki Point Beach is a very popular area in St. Thomas.
The teenager was with her parents on a safari bus at the time of the shooting. She was caught in a cross fire during a shootout reported to have been taking place between local gang members.
While this tragic incident appears to be a random act of violence, under the maritime law if a cruise line has knowledge of an unsafe area that passengers may travel to during a cruise, there would be a duty to warn the passengers of any such dangers. Therefore, if the cruise line was aware, or should have been aware, of an unsafe area at one of the ports the cruise line takes its passengers to, they would have a duty to warn the passengers of the dangers.
A maritime law case previously held that a cruise line could be responsible for a shooting of a passenger at a port where the cruise line knew or should have known that the area the passengers foreseeably traveled to was an area that was known to have a lot of criminal activity.
Under the maritime law, the cruise ship owes passengers a duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, and that duty would include warning passengers of any dangers known to the cruise line that may risk the safety or lives of the passengers.
Our maritime and personal injury attorneys have a combined experience of over 75 years, and have handled numerous claims by passengers on cruise ships for all types of wrongdoing, including sexual assaults, injuries during shore excursions, slip and fall accidents, and injuries suffered while participating in shipboard activities.
This is an extremely tragic and sad event, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family who lost their child.