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Back on September 4, we reported on the attempted sexual assault of a cruise ship passenger. Now cayCompass.com is reporting that it appears as though Shawn Mourao, 43, the man accused of attempting to sexually assault the cruise ship passenger, may be on the run. According to the report, Mourao breached his bail conditions, and his whereabouts were still unknown as of October 21.

“His trial date is still [October] 28,” a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokesperson confirmed with cayCompass.com on October 18. “If he doesn’t show up, a warrant will be issued.”

The attack happened on July 27, 2012 in George Town. Mourao, a South African citizen who is a resident of the Cayman Islands, attempted to sexually assault a New Jersey woman who was on a seven-day “Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise”. Mourao was the tour boat captain for a “beach party and snorkeling shore excursion” that the woman took part in while the cruise ship was in Grand Cayman.

After the excursion ended and the tour boat returned to Grand Cayman, the woman asked Mourao where the nearest restroom was, and he led her to a small room in a shopping center near the waterfront, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman. There, he attempted to rape her, but she was able to escape.

Mourao is facing both a criminal lawsuit and a lawsuit seeking a monetary award for damages in connection with the alleged assault. The latter suit is seeking $2 million in damages from Mourao and the tour company that employed him at the time of the incident, Cayman Style Ocean Adventures.

What this woman went through should not have happened. However, the reality is it happens much more often than you might think. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

With more than three decades of experience fighting for the rights of cruise ship assault victims, our Miami cruise ship lawyers want you to know you are not alone. There are laws in place to protect the rights of victims of sexual assault, both on land and sea, and we know how to use them to help bring your assailant to justice and recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Contact us today at 1 (800) 215-7117 for more information about how we can help you or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Did You Know?: 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.

Hickey Law Firm, P.A.Miami Cruise Ship Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault and other personal injury cases

The cruise industry has not fared well at all in recent years and this latest incident works to maintain that precedent. Last weekend a 6-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool onboard a Carnival cruise ship while vacationing with his family. Although Carnival has said that the incident marked the first time that anyone has ever drowned on one of its vessels, the news comes as a sad reminder that Carnival Cruise Lines in particular and the entire cruise industry in general has a long way to go in regaining the public’s confidence regarding the safety of its ships.

To say that this is entirely Carnival’s fault may seem unfair to some extent. After all, the child drowned in a swimming pool which could have happened anywhere, whether on land or on a cruise ship. Children drown in their bathtubs so generally speaking it is not particularly uncommon for something like this to occur. However, it is uncommon for cruise ships to have on-duty lifeguards posted at their onboard swimming pools and in that regards Carnival is no exception. There was in fact no lifeguard on duty and there never is and the industry as a whole rarely if ever provides lifeguard protection on their cruises.

The cruise line industry has been accused of cutting financial corners at the expense of their passengers when it comes to safety and security onboard its vessels. Reports of theft, physical and sexual assault, and other crimes and unfortunate incidents have been occurring at an ever-increasing rate onboard cruise ships in recent years but it is difficult to determine if the incidents themselves are actually increasing or if it is simply the reports thereof that are on the rise. Recently federal legislators proposed a bill that would mandate a greater level of transparency among cruise lines in reporting crimes and accidents that occur on its ships. Cruise lines have historically been woefully secretive about reporting negative incidents but have been forced to do so in recent years if for no other reason than what seems like an increase in the number of incidents that have occurred. This latest drowning incident involving a young child will hopefully incite these cruise lines to spend a little extra on much needed lifeguard protection for its customers.

 

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A passenger is suing Carnival Cruises Australia for $750,000 after being left in a foreign hospital with a head injury, and without his wallet and passport. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the passenger, Graham Welsh, 55, was four days into a 13-day cruise from Sydney, Australia to Fiji when some roof panels and lights in a hallway aboard the ship fell on him.

Welsh suffered a minor brain injury as a result of the accident. Shortly after the accident, Welsh began vomiting and suffering headaches. It was then that the ship’s doctor recommended that Welsh disembark at the next port, Suva, Fiji, and go to a hospital for further testing and treatment.

“They took me down the gang-plank and stuck me in a cab,” Welsh told the court. “I was surprised, because no one accompanied me [to the hospital]. No one was assisting me, and I didn’t know what to do.”

The only things Welsh was carrying with him when he was put in that cab were his credit card and a book. The next day, after Welsh was released from the hospital, he tried to board the ship but was blocked by the crew, who said he did not have the correct pass. He was finally able to board the ship after a fellow traveler intervened on his behalf.

People go on cruises to relax, not to suffer injuries through no fault of their own and be left to fend for themselves in a foreign land. Not only was this man left without his wallet and passport in a place he did not know, but he also had just suffered a head injury and was sent on his way without any accompaniment. That type of treatment is inexcusable.

Our Miami cruise ship lawyers will fight for you if you are suffering because of a cruise ship accident. For more than three decades, we have been defending the rights of cruise ship injury victims. Our attorneys know how to hold those at fault accountable and recover the compensation you and your family needs to move on with your lives.

For more information or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today at 1 (800) 215-7117.

Did You Know?: Traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor to 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

Hickey Law Firm, P.A.Miami Cruise Ship Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault and other personal injury cases