Cruises may be a time of relaxation and an often sought-after vacation. While leaving your hectic life behind, sometimes it isn’t as peaceful as you would assume. What happens if you are in a boating accident and suffer severe injuries.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship recently – only 3 days after the ship left port. It did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled. It was supposed to be a 7-day cruise.
Most passengers, especially first-time cruisers were terrified. They were told to report to their muster stations and that it was not a drill. They were required to remain there for approximately 4 hours and were kept informed.
The air conditioning was shut off. Most remained calm and helped those in need. According to one passenger, “She slept on the deck with hundreds of other passengers as smoke billowed out of the stern of the ship.”
More than 2,200 passengers were flown out of the Bahamas and back to the originating port in Baltimore. Passengers received a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.
The fire began in the early morning hours and took about two hours to extinguish. There were no injuries reported and all passengers were accounted for. However, medical staff responded to several calls for assistance from passengers who were treated for high blood pressure, fainting and an ankle sprain.
According to reports, the fire was categorized as a Class A fire – it broke out in solid combustible materials, such as wood or plastic. No flammable liquids were involved.
It is very lucky that no one was seriously injured. If you are on a cruise ship and the unthinkable happens, the personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney A Law Corporation, will take the time to investigate the cause of the incident and fight for your deserved rights.
Contact our attorneys for a free initial consultation. You will be able to tell us about your accident, and we can help you determine the best way to proceed. Many injury victims do not know where to turn, but we are there to help.