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200+ Passengers Sickened On Cruise Ship Out Of Fort Lauderdale

Recently, over 200 people got ill on a Royal Caribbean cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale this past December. The five day trip to Jamaica was marred by an outbreak of the norovirus, which is a gastrointestinal disease spread by infected food and water.

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Fire on Florida casino boat causes dramatic scene

A boat that takes passengers to and from the Florida mainland to an island offshore so that they can gamble at a casino caught fire recently, leaving 50 people in a dire situation that they thankfully escaped. The boat accident happened outside of Port Richey, FL. As it was leaving shore, the boat encountered some technical problems and the operator turned the vessel around to head back to shore.

However, before making it back, the boat burst into flames. 50 people were on board, and all 50 made it back safely with no life-threatening or serious injuries. Some people did suffer smoke inhalation and chest pain after the incident. The fire was dramatic and spread rapidly, as you can see in the video in our source article.

Man tossed from boat, killed in accident

A 40-year-old man lost his life after his boat crashed against a sand bar near Hemp Key. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation is investigating the crash. The details released so far make it sound like the man was flung from his boat and then run over by the very vehicle he was once controlling. The crash occurred in the early evening, and it took emergency responders a long time to find the boat and access it due to shallow waters.

It is unclear if alcohol was involved in the crash, but it does mark the ninth fatal boat accident in Lee County in 2017. Obviously there is a lot more to learn here, but without more information to fill in the blanks, all we can do is speculate.

Lifeboat Incident Highlights Decommissioning Safety Issues

The recent incident on Shell UK’s offshore oil rig, the Brent Alpha, is just one indicator of the safety issues inherent in decommissioning. With no warning, a lifeboat on the rig lowered to the water during routine maintenance. The failure of the clutch securing the lifeboat to the rig did not cause any injuries but highlights the possible danger of aging rigs. The next several years will see a decommissioning boom with oceanic oil rigs.

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New Year's Day boat accident injures 4 in Sarasota

The new year is only three days old, and we already have a serious recreational boating accident in Florida that left two men and two boys with injuries. The accident occurred just before noon on New Year's Day, when a speed boat crashed and capsized in Sarasota, Florida. It is believed that rough waters played a role in the accident. A small craft advisory was put in place in the afternoon on Monday, and it continued through Tuesday night.

The accident is under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and there will surely be more information on this case very soon. In the meantime, we do not know the injuries suffered by the four people involved in this crash, nor do we have a definitive reason as to why the crash occurred.

How are cruise ships sanitized after passengers disembark?

The descriptor “floating Petri dish” for cruise vessels is quite accurate. It’s a small world wherein thousands of people are in very close proximity for a week or more. A single sick passenger can infect hundreds and some pathogens are particularly hard to kill. With communal pools, onboard casinos and handrails everywhere, the possibility of catching a contagion runs high.


Cruise ship investigation concludes, faults navigators

An investigation into a cruise ship accident that occurred in June 2016 has faulted the three navigators in the crew for failing to "properly plan, monitor, and execute" a safe docking in "windy and choppy waters."

The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash, which is the governing body in charge of holding cruise lines responsible when their negligence causes accidents. Details of the accident aren't overflowing with information, but what we do know is that the cruise ship "Celebrity Infinity," which is operated by Royal Caribbean, crashed into another vessel in Alaska. No one was injured in the collision, and the ecosystem there was unharmed as no chemicals were spilled. However, the Celebrity Infinity did suffer a 9-inch gash in its hull and the dock itself suffered more than $1 million in damage.

Shipyard accident pins man, leaves him fighting for life

We have talked about the incredible dangers that are present at shipyards in the past. The sheer force of many of the heavy objects that can be found at a shipyard can amputate limbs, deal people serious, life-changing injuries, or even kill people. Shipyards are dangerous places, but they are still important and vital to maritime activities.

Today, we have an unfortunate shipyard story. And even though it is light on details and happened a few months ago, it is still a pertinent and important story.

Your rights after a boating accident need to be protected

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about the recreational boat accident rate in the state of Florida. It appears that the numbers are stabilizing, and that's a good thing. However, this does not mean that boat accidents are magically better, or that there is nothing to worry about. There are still plenty of people who are suffering serious injuries every day because of a boating accident.

Thankfully, there is a robust set of rules in the state of Florida that help people who are involved in boating accidents. When someone is injured in a recreational boating accident and one of the operators involved was negligent, then the victim needs to consider legal action. Similarly, if the captain of the boat failed to obey waterway laws or admiralty and maritime law, then the victim needs to consider his or her legal options.

Repairs needed after cruise ship encounters technical problem

Another day, and another cruise ship story that involves a breakdown of a critical vessel in the Carnival fleet. Today's story is from Mobile, Alabama, where the Carnival Triumph is begin held for a short amount of time as it receives repairs. The Carnival Triumph was returning to New Orleans from Mexico, but as it returned home it encountered engine issues. It was unable to maintain maximum cruising speed, so it docked at the Mobile port for repairs.

Little else is known about the issue that plagued the Triumph, nor does it really matter for the purposes of this post because the main issue here is that even minor, relatively inconsequential issues like this can create horrible circumstances for people aboard a cruise ship.

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