MIAMI, FL— June 21, 2011 – U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials reported that a cruise ship passenger fell overboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Spirit vessel only three hours after the ship departed from a port in New Orleans. According to information provided by Cruise Critic via MSNBC, the NCL cruise ship accident occurred around 8 p.m. on June 19, 2011, as the vessel was passing through the Mississippi River so it could begin its seven-day Western Caribbean cruise voyage.
Though details concerning the ship accident, including the cause of the fall overboard, remained scarce, reports indicated cruise personnel utilized the vessel’s rescue boat to recover the accident victim.
The unidentified passenger that fell overboard was ultimately recovered and received preliminary medical treatment upon boarding the ship for a second time. Cruise line officials reportedly made arrangements for the accident victim to receive additional treatment for his/her unspecified injuries.
According to Coast Guard recreational boating accident statistics, 431 falls overboard were reported during the year 2008. Those falls resulted in 188 deaths and left 257 victims injured. Furthermore, drowning was deemed to be the main cause of death related to such boating accidents. There were 510 drowning deaths reported in connection with recreational boat accidents in 2008.
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