Four passengers were injured onboard Royal Carribean’s Anthem of the Seas after the ship was caught in dangerous weather conditions over the weekend. The Anthem of the Seas encountered hurricane force winds, with some guts reports reaching 130 miles per hour and 30-40 foot waves. The nature and extent of those injured are not currently known. At first, Royal Carriban reported no injuries. Now, they are reporting no serious injuries. Martime lawyers at Gerson and Schwartz, PA state that this is not the first time an RCCL passenger ship has knowingly left the port directly into the teeth of dangerous weather. Back in 2012, RCCL vessel “Freedom of the Seas” encountered similar weather conditions and high seas after the vessel set sail into a developing tropical cyclone system/ tropical storm just after it departed off the Florida east Coast.
In the 2012 “Freedom” incident, passengers were thrown around and across the ship along along with plates, dishes, and everything else imaginible. Fixtures fell, ceilings were falling, it was pure chaos. Ina federal lawsuit filed, attorneys argued that the Royal Carribean ship should never decided to set sail and risked the lives and safety of passengers by placing them into harms way. Passengers sustained serious injuries because a decision to set sail was made despite clear warnings from the National Weather Service of the potential for rapidly tropical cyclone development in the immediate path of that vessel.
In the Anthem of the Seas, cruise ship accident lawyers say they will need to get a hold of the weather reports and forecasts to see whether the “Anthem of the Seas” should have taken another route, or simply stayed in port as well. The decision to sail rests with the captain. If the captain feels that it is unsafe for the vessel to depart he can make the decision that the ship should stay in port. The decision to remain in port can also be made shoreside. Weather buoys located in the Atlantic can also provide warning of expected wind and sea conditions well in advance, along with the weather forecasts. Generally speaking, sudden and drastic weather phenomenons are not actionable as they may deemed acts of god or unforseeable in nature and difficult to prevent. But cruise ships are also equipped with state of the art weather forecasting technology that should make cruise line companies accountable if they do decide to stay the course, despite clear weather warnings.
In previous cases, I have seen heard the ship captain say that these modern day ships are able to withstand 40-50 foot waves. But to the average cruise ship passenger I don’t think they would want to be on that ship, states Gerson. We will wait to see what the ship knew or should have known. More importantly will be whether or not the ship captain and Royal Carribean excercised reasonable care under the circumstances. If they didn’t and were negliegnt, Royal Carribean could be on the legal hook. Perhaps even a punitve damages claim could be filed depending on what information was readily known and available to RCCL in this latest cruise ship accident case. If you or a loved one were injured in a cruise ship accident, or on Anthem of the Seas, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The personal injury and maritime attorneys at Gerson and Schwartz, PA assist injured passengers and crew members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.injuryattorneyfla.com for their assistance.