The primary concern of cruise ships is always the safety of all passengers, whether during voyage, shore excursions or other shore-related activities. This, of course, implies hiring qualified ship officers and personnel, giving them adequate training and being equipped with everything necessary to address emergency situations efficiently and on time.
While it is true that nothing can compare to the excitement and fun a cruise vacation can provide, cruise lines should accept too that where people are, then accidents may happen. Be it due to natural causes, such as rogue waves or bad weather, or human error and negligence that result in fire, collision with another vessel, or hitting a rock that can create a crack on the ship’s bottom, causing it to sink, when an accident occurs, everything is left to the preparedness and ability of the crew members to think and act correctly despite the pressure.
Another activity that cruise lines have introduced to passengers, for added cruise excitement (as well as income) is shore excursions and other shore activities. These can range from water thrills, like scuba diving, jet skiing and parasailing, to land adventures, such as island visits, rock climbing, hiking, ziplining, cultural and archeological tours, inland dining, shopping, and so forth.
Despite being the source of additional fun, these shore activities can also very well be sources of accidents and injuries to passengers. However, before getting on shore for these thrilling experiences, passengers will need to be transported first from ship to shore and vice-versa, via tender boats.
A tender boat is a ships’ boat service – it definitely provides lots of benefits but, sadly, causes a number of injuries to passengers too. Due to its small size (it can usually accommodate about 100 to 150 passengers plus about three crew members) a tender boat can easily be swayed by waves, making boarding or getting off it quite dangerous. In some instances, passengers have slipped, sustaining a leg or back injury, or falling off into the sea. In another situation, a tender boat was reported as having sped off from the dock, with its rope still tied to the cleat, causing its bitt (a post on a boat where cables or ropes are tied) to break loose, propel through the air, hit and cause serious injury to a passenger.
The Vucci Law Group’s website, with the address, http://www.thevuccilawgroup.com/practice-areas/cruise-ship-excursions/, provides passengers, who have injured during a cruise vacation, with vital information regarding tender boat injuries, the best legal options available and the best source of legal help they will definitely need.read more