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The Carnival Sensation cruise ship was ordered to return to port in Miami today after a passenger was found in urgent need of medical attention. But due to rough sea conditions the ship was instead diverted to Government Cut, where rescue workers met up with the ship. The exact nature of the passenger’s medical emergency was not revealed.

In a statement, Carnival said that the situation will cause the cancellation of another planned sailing to Grand Cayman later this week. Affected passengers will be given a credit for future travel

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Thoroughbred horse trainer Karl M. Broberg has filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines for the disappearance of his wife during a cruise with the company.

The federal suit claims that Carnival was negligent in that it “excessively served alcoholic beverages” to Samantha Broberg over 12 hours after she boarded the ship. The suit claims that Samantha was visibly intoxicated, even to the point of nodding off.

The key passage of the suit, as published by a website dedicated to thoroughbred horse racing, states:

“As Mrs. Broberg approached the ship’s outer rail, in her inebriated state, she unceremoniously stepped on one of the many ship’s lounge chairs, neatly lined up near the ship’s outer deck rail, turned her back to the water, momentarily sat on the rail, and within a split second, fell backwards, head over heels, into the Gulf of Mexico.”

The suit also claims that the ship’s security apparatus failed to prevent the inebriated Samantha from climbing up on the railing, and when she fell overboard authorities were not immediately informed because Carnival had installed a readily available man-overboard alarm system.

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The Coast Guard said the 39-year-old Filipino crew member went missing from the Liberty of the Seas cruise ship on Monday as it sailed in off the southern coast of the U.S. The missing man, a bartender, was reported missing on Monday morning at about 4:40 a.m.

The Coast Guard deployed air and sea assets in its search, which stretched from Galveston, TX east to Mississippi and Alabama. After searching approximately 5,000 nautical miles the search was called off.

According to ABC13.com, Royal Caribbean released a statement which read "Our Care Team is providing support to our crew member's family, as well as his friends and colleagues onboard, and our thoughts and prayers are with them."

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The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the case of a dead newborn who was found aboard a cruise ship.

(Image courtesy CNN)

The post quotes Special Agent Dave Couvertier as saying that Carnival has been notified of the incident, which occurred aboard its cruise ship Dream. "We have been coordinating with Carnival Cruise Line which has been fully cooperative,” Couvertier said in the communication.

The dead newborn was reportedly found in a guest cabin by a crew member on Saturday.  Authorities were able to identify and detain the 20-year-old mother of the dead child.  

As of now no one has been charged with a crime, says Couvertier, who added that the FBI is “still working on obtaining facts and gathering any available evidence”. 

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A Mexican woman who works on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas cruise ship has been reported missing.

The woman, Adriana Morales de Florencio, reportedly left her post on the ship at about 12 p.m. on April 20 and disembarked at Bonaire. She has not been seen or heard from since. She was wearing a black sleeveless blouse, a short jeans and black shoes at the time of her disappearance.

Police ask anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact them immediately.

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A cruise member aboard a Holland America cruise ship was seriously injured last week.

On Friday the Italian Coast Guard responded to the Westerdam cruise ship after it issued a distress call due to an urgent medical matter aboard the ship. After arriving at the ship, authorities found a crew member unconscious on the vessel, and decided that a medevac was the best option.

The crew member was loaded onto a patrol boat and sped to a hospital in the area. No details were released as to the nature of the incident which resulted in the crew member’s injury, the identity of the worker, or his or her prognosis.

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After being injured on a cruise ship, you are probably wondering whether or not the cruise company may have been at fault for your injuries. Many people may automatically blame themselves, or erroneously believe that a fellow passenger was at fault. But the truth is that cruise companies such as Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean are collectively sued hundreds of times per year, and the primary claim against them is that their negligence resulted in the injury of their passengers.

The list of injuries which can result from a cruise company’s negligence is extensive. Some example include:

In the following video, Miami cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses suing a cruise line.

 

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Miami cruise injury attorney discusses the Costa Concordia disaster with Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point television show. The Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy in January 2012, killing over 30 people and wounding dozens more.

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Cruise and boat injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses injuries suffered by those on boats and personal watercraft.

Some takeaways:

  • Recreational boating crashes is a specialty of the Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
  • Maritime law applies to crashes and injuries sustained when you are on a personal watercraft or a boat.
  • Certain regulations require boat and watercraft rental companies to train you on how to use the vehicles before letting you go out on your own.
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A couple is seeking $5 million in compensation after the husband was injured on a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship.

The plaintiffs, Kieran Michael and Cecilia Gulas, filed suit against NCL (Bahamas) LTD, doing business as Norwegian Cruise Lines, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida late last month. The couple alleges that Kieran was injured on June 23, 2016 in a collision with another passenger on the Aqualoop Waterslide aboard a NCL cruise ship.

According to the suit, Kieran suffered serious injuries due to NCL’s negligence. Specifically, NCL is accused of failing to put policies in place which would have ensured the safe operation of the waterslide. The suit says that Kieran’s injuries have resulted in Cecilia suffering from a loss of love and affection from her husband.

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