Boston Maritime Attorneys Examine Coast Guard Medevacs on Cruise Ships
During the four days that it took to tow the disabled CARNIVAL TRIUMPH to Mobile, Alabama, the US Coast Guard provided valuable assistance. On the evening that the fire in the cruise ship’s engine room resulted in the loss of power that left the TRIUMPH without propulsion, the Coast Guard medevaced one passenger to the CARNIVAL LEGEND. During the afternoon of February 14, the Coast Guard medevaced a female passenger who reportedly suffered a stroke from the TRIUMPH and transported her to Dauphin Island. The Coast Guard also worked with port partners in transferring engineering equipment, assisting US Customs and Border Protection with the disembarkation process and enforcing a security zone.
Only a few days after the TRIUMPH docked in Mobile, Alabama, a different Carnival cruise ship had summoned the Coast Guard about another passenger requiring a medevac. This video shows the Coast Guard hoisting a man who had reportedly suffered from symptoms associated with a brain hemorrhage onboard the CARNIVAL CONQUEST on February 16. This medevac occurred about 60 miles south of Southwest Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, and the man was brought to West Jefferson Hospital in New Orleans. His condition was unknown at the time of the Coast Guard press release.
Have you considered what your financial responsibility might be if you or a loved one experienced a medical emergency on a cruise ship? While many of these vessels have expanded their staff or facilities onboard, you should be aware that there are still a frightening number of illnesses that the doctors and nurses on cruises will or cannot treat. Worse yet, if timing is critical to a victim’s recovery, then the time that passes while waiting for something like a Coast Guard medevac could make the consequences of the injury even more severe.
Latti & Anderson LLP has more than 50 years of experience handling maritime law cases, and we help passengers on cruise ships seek compensation for serious injuries or wrongful death. You can find more information about cruise ship injuries on our website. If you or a loved one sustained catastrophic injuries on a cruise ship, use the form located on this page to let our Boston maritime trial lawyers review your case or contact our firm at (800) 392-6072 to set up a free consultation.
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