News outlets have reported that another cruise ship passenger has gone overboard during a cruise ship. This time a female passenger, age 46, reportedly went overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Line ship the Norwegian Star, last weekend. The passenger, a British woman, was found swimming in the waters approximately ten hours after falling overboard. She was taken to a hospital and treated for exhaustion, but is in stable condition.
We are pleased to report that this particular incident involving yet another passenger falling overboard from a cruise ship ended with a successful rescue of the passenger. This is not always the case. This particular passenger must’ve been a very good swimmer, and it is quite remarkable to have endured 10 hours in the water before being rescued.
Multiple Man Overboard Incidents Thus Far in 2018
According to one source, 17 people have reportedly gone overboard on cruise ships this year alone.. This continues to be a problem year after year. The problem caught the attention of Congress, who passed legislation requiring cruise ship companies to implement technology for an automatic man overboard systems designed to detect when someone goes overboard a cruise ship so that a prompt search and rescue can be initiated. The sooner a search and rescue effort is started, the more likelihood there is of saving the overboard passenger’s life. This case is yet another example that people can survive a fall from a cruise ship, and that it is possible to rescue a person who has fallen off the cruise ship if prompt detection and rescue efforts are made.
In this instance, this passenger survived for almost 10 hours. Of course, not everyone can survive the fall, or survive in the water this long, and it is critical to promptly detect a person who has gone overboard during a cruise and to promptly institute appropriate search and rescue efforts.. There is available detection technology on the market,such as the Man Overboard Detection System , that if all the cruise ship companies would implement on their cruise ships, they would be able to more promptly detect when an individual has gone overboard, ensuring a prompt response and most likely saving lives.. Despite this, the cruise ship industry has dragged its feet, and has not implemented this available technology on a large-scale basis as instructed to do so.. Seemingly, they have decided the costs are greater than the benefits of saving cruise ship passengers and crew members’ lives.
Man Overboard & Maritime Law
We have handled many cases involving people who have fallen overboard on cruise ships, including the very well-known case involving George Smith, who went overboard during his honeymoon cruise, and was never found. It was suspected that foul play was involved in his going overboard, but no definite conclusion was ever reached by the investigating authorities, and no one was ever prosecuted for any crime associated with the case. The FBI kept an open file investigation for several years before ultimately closing their file.. The George Smith case is the subject of a book, movie, and was highly discussed in the media. It also prompted congressional hearings addressing cruise ship safety and security, at which hearings maritime attorney Brett Rivkind was asked to testify at as an expert in maritime law.
We continue to monitor the progress of implementation of Man Overboard technology, and continue to act as safety advocates for those harmed at sea.. Based in Miami Florida, the cruiseship capital the world, we handle numerous accidents at sea, including those involved with the cruiseship industry.