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Resort Tort Report: International Cruise Ship Incidents

As The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act is being considered for global implementation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), more international cruise ship incidents continue to occur.

Minor Abused on Carnival Cruise Ship

Last week, it was reported in Alabama that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Mobile arrested a 19-year-old for abusing a minor on the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation, in international waters. The teen was transported to a Federal Courthouse in Mobile after the FBI investigated the matter, and the U.S. Attorney’s office will prosecute the matter.

Girl Missing from Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

A 24-year-old girl working as part of the youth program on the Disney Wonder cruise ship has been missing for two weeks, after departing Los Angeles for a week along the Mexican Riviera. The Disney Wonder is registered in The Bahamas, where local police reportedly said they have found no evidence suggesting foul play.

Ill Passenger on Stretcher Dropped into Icy Seas

A British woman who became seriously ill with internal bleeding while on the Ocean Princess in Norway was being taken off the ship by emergency crews when she was dropped into the icy sea. A report states that the vessels weren’t latched together and suddenly moved apart as she was being transferred off the ship. This caused rescue crews to drop the stretcher into the water, which was reported to have been minus 3 degrees that day. The woman was reportedly in the water for approximately 8 minutes.

Resort Torts logo FINAL.jpgResort Torts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. These can involve aspects of hotel and motel safety, cruise ship litigation, pleasure boating and jet ski incidents, amusement, aquatic, diving and swimming incidents, foreign travel and medical emergencies, gaming and casinos, aviation (commercial and general), rental car liability, moped, bicycle and motorcycle safety, buses and tour guides, travel industry liability for crime victims, and medical care provided to vacationers. Resort Torts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities.