CNN reported that rescue workers were attempting to find a woman off the coast of Cuba last month who went overboard during a cruise ship dance party.
The woman allegedly fell from the deck of the Norwegian Pearl, 22 miles off the coast of Cuba. Officials with the cruise line said in a statement that the guest was observed intentionally jumping off the ship, although this allegation has not been confirmed.
U.S. Coast Guard officials reportedly responded to the incident, which occurred on the first day of the Mad Decent Boat Party, an electronic dance music event. The ship was scheduled to sail from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise featured performances by electronic dance icons Diplo and Skrillex.
The woman was identified in the media as a 24-year-old mom from Charleston, South Carolina.
Why Do Man Overboard Events Occur?
Man-overboard (MOB) incidents involving cruise passengers can happen for a number of reasons, including collisions, slip-and-falls, loose carpet and wet deck stairs, gangways and other vessel areas. This is why it is important for family members of MOB victims to work with an attorney if their loved one goes missing in a cruise ship incident.
A third party investigation involving an attorney could help determine what occurred to cause your loved one to go overboard a cruise ship. Maritime attorneys can interview witnesses and determine if there were slippery areas in the vicinity where your loved one went missing. Additionally, an attorney can help you review and preserve video footage from the ship, which may prove vital in a lawsuit.
In 2014, there were 22 MOB incidents involving cruise lines. One incident is too many. In the video above, maritime injury attorney David Anderson explains the laws that apply to Americans injured on cruise ships.