Multiple cruise ship accidents in Florida on the same ship line

A Florida cruise ship has been in the news multiple times in the past few months. Each of the news stories involved cruise ship accidents that are reportedly unrelated to one another. The most recent report stated that an emergency call was placed for several different passengers aboard the same boat on a Monday night in late April.

According to reports, a call went out from the MS Ryndam, which was apparently in need of rescue workers’ assistance for medical emergencies on board the ship. The Holland America cruise liner had disembarked from its Tampa base and was said to be heading for Europe when the multiple emergencies occurred within 60 minutes of each other. The ship was reported to be approximately just over 3 miles from shore when Miami-Dade rescue workers began their hoist operation to transport the patients to a nearby hospital.

One of the three patients was listed in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest. The other two passenger injuries were reported as unrelated incidents. The MS Ryndam was in the news earlier in April, as well, when a traveling couple was found dead on the ship. It was anchored in Puerto Rico at the time.

Depending on the circumstances that lead to injuries in Florida cruise ship accidents, a passenger or passengers might have grounds to seek recourse through formal litigation in a civil court if the injuries are believed to have been caused due to negligence, wrongful actions or unsafe conditions on the ship. Some legal professionals have experience in personal injury cases involving boating accidents. Consulting one of these professionals would be a logical first step to take if one has questions regarding the claims process.

Source: NBC Miami, “3 cruise ship passengers hospitalized in Miami“, Accessed on May 4, 2015