Going on a cruise is an exciting way to spend a vacation. Many save up their money and vacation time to take such a trip. Individuals and families think of the positive memories they will make, not considering the possibility of tragedy. Unfortunately, cruises can have negative and unfortunate events.
Based on recent reports, a five-day cruise on the Carnival Fantasy has ended in tragedy for one family. The ship departed from Alabama on December 15th and was set to arrive at Cozumel, Mexico. The day after departure, a 22-year-old man was reported missing. The passenger was reported to be an autistic individual who was traveling with a group of nine, including three chaperones.
According to reports, a chaperone claimed that with no warning, he ran out of the stateroom. After an unsuccessful attempt to locate him, the ship crew was notified. A search began, including onboard announcements and other proper protocols. Closed circuit television recordings were reviewed repeatedly. It was determined that the man went overboard after climbing onto the deck railing. His family believes that he may have been under the impression that he was going swimming.
The next day, while the ship was at port in Progreso, Mexico, the Mexican Navy provided additional search efforts with a search-and-rescue canine. No evidence of the man's whereabouts was found. This incident comes on the heels of yet another Carnival cruise ship passenger who was found to have gone overboard as well; however,, officials determined that incident to have taken place intentionally.
While some overboard incidents are purely accidental, there are some that could have been prevented. Regardless, it is a horrible tragedy for any family to experience. In any case where a party has gone overboard, consulting with an experienced attorney can help provide closure. All evidence can be thoroughly reviewed, including the circumstances leading up to an incident. An attorney can provide an expert opinion as to fault, assisting the family in filing a wrongful death claim when warranted.