Cruise Injuries, Accidents & Mishaps for the Week of September 2, 2013
Injured Crew Member Medevaced from the Carnival Conquest
New Orleans, Louisiana – The United States Coast Guard medically evacuated a 34-year-old crewmember on September 7th from the Carnival cruise ship Conquest. It was reported the seaman from Indonesia fell and hit her head on the ship’s deck requiring emergency medical care. At the time of the medevac request, the Conquest was out of flight range of the rescue helicopter and the Coast Guard directed the ship’s master to head towards New Orleans. The rescue team was able to intercept the vessel at 11:20 a.m. and safely hoist the crew member from the ship. She was transferred her to LSU Public Hospital for further medical treatment. The Conquest is currently making weekly voyages to the Western Caribbean from New Orleans.
Australian Man Sues Princess Cruises for Being Abandoned in Fiji after Sustaining a Brain Injury
Sydney, Australia – An Australian man has brought a lawsuit for a brain injury sustained on board the Dawn Princess. The man claims he was struck in the head by falling roof panels and lights from the Princess’ cruise ship. After the incident, the injured passenger stated the cruise line simply, “took [him] down the gang-plank and stuck [him] in a cab” with only a book and passport. The situation became more insulting to the passenger the next day after his medical treatment when he attempted to board the cruise ship but was denied because he did not have the right passes. The cruise line’s attorney does not dispute the passenger suffered a minor brain injury but it is arguing about the size of the compensation he should be paid.
Passenger Airlifted from the Thomson Cruise Line’s Thomson Spirit
Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Irish Coast Guard was dispatched to assist the airlift of a 78-year-old woman from the Thomson Spirit on September 3rd. The ship’s doctor became concerned when the passenger suffered a number of nosebleeds. Though operated by Thomson Cruises, the Thomson Spirit is owned by Holland American Lines.