A personal watercraft crashed into a boat on Sunday at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Lake Louise in Windermere, Florida. Larry Marin, 37, the operator of the personal watercraft was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital. Glorimar Correa, 40, the passenger on the personal watercraft and William Bryant, 39, the operator of the boat were both transferred to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Per reports, the watercraft crashed into the boat with such force that it sank the personal watercraft. Witness, Carina Lee Rodriguez said her friends rescued the victims from the water and took them ashore. She reported the female victim could not breath and couldn’t feel her legs and the man, presumably Marin, was bleeding. Orange County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to the scene and continues to investigate.
A Girl has died after a fall from a Carnival cruise ship at the Port of Miami. Reports reveal that the 8-year-old girl fell two stories from the interior atrium aboard the Carnival Glory Saturday morning. Shortly after the incident, a retired paramedic started preforming resuscitation efforts. The ship contacted Miami-Dade Fire Rescue which took over resuscitation efforts and transported the child to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead hours later. The Carnival Glory had just returned to the Port of Miami after completing a 7-day Caribbean voyage when the incident occurred. This is the third incident in recent times were a child has fallen over a railing aboard Carnival cruise ship. On August 4th, a three-year-old girl fell from the balcony onto the lido deck aboard the Carnival Breeze. In June, 2016, another three-year-old girl slipped through the rail of a Carnival Liberty ship from the 14th deck to the 12th deck. Thankfully, both children survived those falls.
Arbitration agreements are prevalent in cruise line seafarer contracts today. This practice deprives the injured crewmembers of the fundamental right of a jury and sometimes precludes them of their statutory negligence causes of action provided to them under the Jones Act. However, given the unique nature of maritime employment, in certain situations seafarers can avoid arbitrating personal injury despite the employment contracts requiring arbitration.