Monthly Archives: June 2011

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On Sunday, June 19, 2011, a male passenger onboard the Norwegian Spirit cruise ship fell off of the boat into the water.  The man, who has yet to be identified, went overboard around 8:00 pm local time near Jesuit Bend, Louisiana.   The ship was traveling along the Mississippi River after just leaving the port of New Orleans about three hours earlier.  The Norwegian Spirit was about to begin a seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean.

Cruise ship employees were able to rescue the man who was injured in the fall.  Arrangements were made to remove the man from the ship for medical treatment.  It has not been determined how the man went overboard or what caused his fall.

Over the years, there have been numerous instances when either passengers or crew members have fallen or jumped overboard.  A popular cruise website, Cruise Junkie, reports that so far in 2011, 13 people have gone overboard on a cruise ship.  In 2010, that number was 19, which was less than the 25 individuals who fell off a cruise ship in 2009.

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The United States Customs and Border Protection are finding new ways to catch criminals with warrants out for their arrest.  On Saturday, June 11, 2011 and Sunday, June 12, 2011, two individuals with warrants were arrested prior to heading on a cruise vacation from the port in Galveston, Texas.

Ramona White, a 45 year old woman, was arrested Saturday by Customs and Border Protection.  White had a warrant from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for larceny.  White was turned over to the Galveston County Police Department before being transferred to San Antonio.

The second person arrested in the Galveston cruise terminal this past weekend prior to boarding a cruise ship was Derrick Carter, a 31 year old man from North Carolina who was arrested Sunday.  Carter was apprehended for to a warrant for absconding and sexual assault of a child in Killeen, Texas.  After being arrested by the Customs and Border Protection, Carter was transported back to Killeen. 

Both Ramona White and Derrick Carter were apprehended with the help of the National Crime Information Center database. 

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is the United States’ central database for tracking crime-related information. Since 1967, the NCIC has been maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, and is interlinked with similar systems that each state maintains. Data is received from federal law enforcement agencies, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as tribal law enforcement agencies, railroad police, and non-law enforcement agencies, such as state and federal motor vehicle registration and licensing authorities.

Cruise ship passengers never know who will be standing next to them in the buffet line or what type of people their family will encounter while lounging on the pool deck.  It is important that law enforcement agencies, like Customs and Border Protection, are vigilant, just as they were this past weekend, and protect the thousands of law abiding passengers hoping to enjoy their vacation on a cruise.

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