Cruise ship vacations in the tropical seas are seen by many in Miami as the ultimate way to relax and get away from it all. However, incidents can occur at sea that cruise ships must anticipate and take action to prevent.
Earlier in March, a woman was travelling on a cruise ship near the Bahamas when she fell overboard at night. The woman was rescued by cruise ship employees in rescue vessels. The incident was witnessed by a woman who was eating supper around 9:00 in the evening on the cruise ship. She reported that she was in the dining area on the 5th deck of the cruise ship when she heard the phrase "Code Oscar portside" issued three times from the cruise ship's intercom. A server told the witness that a person had leapt off the cruise ship. The witness went to her cabin balcony on the 14th deck where she says she saw two vessels being lowered down and then utilizing searchlights while on the water, ultimately finding and rescuing the woman who fell overboard.
The woman who fell overboard was taken to the cruise ship's medical facility for an evaluation. Once the cruise ship docked at Port Canaveral she was hospitalized. The witness reports that the rescue was swift, even though she said the cruise she was travelling at top speed at the time. According to her, it only took around 60 minutes between the intercom announcement and when the cruise ship began to head to Port Canaveral.
Cruise ship vacations can be fun, but as this shows they can be dangerous. Even though this woman fortunately survived falling overboard, she still wound up needing care in the hospital. Cruise ships must be kept safe for passengers, so that incidents like this do not occur. When a person falls overboard, even if they survive they could still be facing serious physical injuries and emotional distress. Therefore, people injured in cruise ship accidents may want to determine if they can take legal action against the cruise ship company.
Source: USA Today, "Passenger rescued after falling overboard from Norwegian Epic cruise ship," Rick Neale, March 8, 2018