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Gastroenteritis swept through the cruise liner Aida Prima leaving 300 people ill

Hundreds of cruise passengers quarantined in their cabins after bug sweeps the decks and leaves them vomiting and suffering diarrhea

  • Gastroenteritis swept through the cruise liner Aida Prima leaving 300 people ill
  • First reports of illness came from passengers who’d been on a bus excursion
  • The onboard doctors later became overwhelmed with the number of sick people
  • The liner’s voyage had to be cut short so that passengers could be treated

By JENNIFER NEWTON FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 11:38 BST, 9 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 BST, 9 October 2018

Hundreds of passengers on a luxury Mediterranean cruise were reportedly struck down with a sickness bug that left them quarantined in their cabins. Around 300 people on board the Aida Cruises ship the Aida Prima were left suffering from vomiting and diarrhea after a virus is thought to have swept the vessel following its departure from Palma in Majorca on September 22. The cruise liner had been bound for destinations including Corsica, Rome, Florence and Barcelona.

Around 300 people on board the Aida Cruises ship the Aida Prima, pictured, were left suffering from vomiting and diarrhea after a virus is thought to have swept the vessel

But it reportedly had to turn back for Majorca after passengers started feeling ill with gastroenteritis, leaving on-board doctors completely overwhelmed and ordering those that were sick to stay in their cabins. According to German newspaper Bild, several passengers first started feeling unwell following a planned bus excursion. Then when all those on board the cruise returned to the ship, the bug quickly spread with some passengers having to wait up to five hours to see the doctor. Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that infected passengers were then told to stay in their cabins while they were brought bread and water by staff. After turning back to Palma earlier than planned, all guests that had been on board were reportedly taken to a farm on the outskirts of the city and told to wait for flights back to Germany. But it is believed that many refused to stay and took the first flights they could find back home.+2

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Aida Prima Illness Outbreak

The Aida Prima, pictured, boasts 12 restaurants, 14 bars and cafes and a casino and can carry over 3,000 passengers.

The Aida Prima boasts 12 restaurants, 14 bars and cafes and a casino and can carry over 3,000 passengers. A wave of illness also spread over one of the Prima’s sister ships, the Perla, recently. Last month dozens of passengers on it fell ill and they were quarantined on board after it moored in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The ship’s German operator Aida Cruises said in a statement that crew increased hygiene measures after ‘gastro intestinal infections occurred among passengers’. Local emergency services said in a statement that 70 passengers reported feeling sick and received treatment on-board. ”

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-6255811/Hundreds-passengers-suffer-virus-quarantined-cabins-cruise-ship-Aida-Prima.html

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a illness, or any other issues that arise due to a failure of crew members and other personnel to coordinate adequate medical care in a timely manner, then you may be entitled to bring a claim against the cruise ship operator for damages. Civil litigation against cruise lines can be difficult, however, as cruise lines have extensive resources at their disposal. We therefore encourage you to contact a qualified attorney who has experience handling complicated maritime disputes, such as those that involve medevac injuries.

 

Here at www.europeancrewcenter.com, our maritime lawyers have over a century of combined experience representing cruise ship passengers and crew members in a wide range of disputes with cruise ship operators, include medical emergency situations that may involve negligence related to on-board provisions and untimely medevac coordination. Unlike many of our competitors, we work closely with clients (and their families) throughout the litigation process and develop individualized strategies for every case.

 

Our offices are located in USA and Europe, but our firm has a global focus. We have successfully litigated claims in courtrooms throughout the USA and worldwide. No matter where the  injury occurred, we can represent you in the connected dispute.

 

Contact European Crew Center today to speak to one of our experienced maritime investigators for a thorough evaluation of your claims.

 

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Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship south of Nantucket

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship south of Nantucket

Last Saturday, at roughly 5:00PM EST on September 22, 2018, crew members aboard Norwegian Escape — a large cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines for weeklong journeys between New York and Halifax — notified Cape Cod Coast Guard watchstanders of the need for a medevac due to a 78-year-old passenger having suffered what appeared to be a stroke.

According to reports, Norwegian Escape was located about 40 nautical miles south of Nantucket at the time, thus precipitating the use of Coast Guard aircrew. Coast Guard Air Station helicopter crew were subsequently dispatched, and they arrived at 7:30PM to hoist the passenger from the cruise ship and transport him to Rhode Island Hospital, a higher-level shoreside medical facility. The passenger was accompanied by one of the ship nurses during the medevac.

The passenger’s condition was reportedly stable at the time of the helicopter hoisting. It is unclear, however, whether the passenger’s condition has remained stable, or whether his condition has further deteriorated.

Information on this incident — and the timeline of events as they occurred on the cruise ship prior to notifying Coast Guard authorities — is unfortunately lacking. Still, we are encouraged by the initial reports. Based on the rough timeline described in those reports, it appears as though crew members and Coast Guard rescue authorities coordinated a timely and effective medevac, given the severity of the situation. Unnecessary delays, particularly in the context of a stroke, can lead to an exacerbation of the injury and potentially life-altering impairment.

Had crew members delayed in notifying Coast Guard authorities, or otherwise mishandled the coordination of a medevac — thus causing the passenger to suffer further injuries, or an exacerbation thereof — then the passenger and their family members would likely have an actionable claim for damages against the cruise line.

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Crew Members and Rescue Personnel Must Coordinate to Ensure a Timely Medevac

Cruise lines tend to maintain very basic medical facilities on-board their vessels, despite the fact that cruise ships can house thousands of passengers, and the target demographic skews older than the general population. Cruise lines maintain such basic facilities to minimize their overall costs, but in doing so, they must be careful to ensure that those passengers who experience a sudden and severe medical emergency can obtain adequate treatment in a timely manner.

Medical personnel aboard the cruise ship must be trained and equipped to identify when a situation is clearly beyond their ability to treat, and when a medevac must be requested for immediate assistance. Likewise, crew members must coordinate the medevac as quickly as possible to ensure that not a minute is wasted. Delays can have fatal consequences and could expose the cruise line to significant liability.

Here it appears that the crewmembers recognized and timely effectuated the medical evacuation. However all too often this is not the case. The interests of cruise lines and their passengers can be fundamentally misaligned at various times. When a medical emergency occurs on-board a cruise ship, the cruise ship operator is not always “exclusively” concerned with the health of the passenger. Instead, the operator is likely weighed down by concerns relating to the profitability of the cruise, and whether the seriousness of the medical emergency at-issue warrants a medevac response that could stall the trip or otherwise interfere with normal scheduling. Other times shipboard medical personal may fail to recognize the seriousness of the situation and the need for an evacuation or may simply misdiagnose the condition.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a illness, or any other issues that arise due to a failure of crew members and other personnel to coordinate adequate medical care in a timely manner, then you may be entitled to bring a claim against the cruise ship operator for damages. Civil litigation against cruise lines can be difficult, however, as cruise lines have extensive resources at their disposal. We therefore encourage you to contact a qualified attorney who has experience handling complicated maritime disputes, such as those that involve medevac injuries.

Here at www.europeancrewcenter.com, our maritime lawyers have over a century of combined experience representing cruise ship passengers and crew members in a wide range of disputes with cruise ship operators, include medical emergency situations that may involve negligence related to on-board provisions and untimely medevac coordination. Unlike many of our competitors, we work closely with clients (and their families) throughout the litigation process and develop individualized strategies for every case.

Our offices are located in USA and Europe, but our firm has a global focus. We have successfully litigated claims in courtrooms throughout the USA and worldwide. No matter where the medevac injury occurred, we can represent you in the connected dispute.

Contact European Crew Center today to speak to one of our experienced maritime investigators for a thorough evaluation of your claims.

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Helping Injured Cruise Ship Passengers

Helping Injured Cruise Ship Passengers

Caribbean cruise ship ports are expected to welcome more than nine million visitors this year —a record capacity. The cruising industry has shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, countries like Asia have begun preparing their ports to accommodate ships like the Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas – the two largest cruise ships in the world – in order benefit from the booming market.

Cruise ship vacations offer a getaway for families that requires little planning and a lot of adventure. As the popularity of cruising grows, so does the likelihood of accidents. Bad things can, and do, happen on vacation.

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Maritime law is complex and injuries that occur on the ocean differ from typical injury cases. For example, maritime law dictates that when a death occurs on the high seas (beyond three miles from shore) surviving family members can sue for financial loss, but not pain and suffering.

In addition the industry has very short statute of limitations, requiring passengers to notify the cruise line of a potential claim within a six-month period. The ticket you purchased from the cruise line may also dictate where the lawsuit must be filed.

An experienced lawyer can help you make sense of the intricacies of maritime law and can explain how they relate to you and your unique situation. With more than 100 years of combined experience, the lawyers at European Crew Center have a detailed understanding of the law. Our attorneys have been rated among the best lawyers in the world and are responsible for several landmark maritime decisions.

Our offices are located in USA and Europe, but our firm has a global focus. We have successfully litigated claims in courtrooms throughout the USA and worldwide. No matter where the medevac injury occurred, we can represent you in the connected dispute.

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