Liberty Of The Seas accidents and incidents
CruiseMapper's Liberty Of The Seas cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 4356-passenger vessel owned by Royal Caribbean. Our Liberty Of The Seas accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.
Here are also reported latest updates on cruise law news related to ashore and shipboard crimes still investigated by the police. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits against the shipowner / cruise line company, charges and fines, grievances, settled / withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, Norovirus, etc.
- deaths – 2009 (Legionnaires’ Disease, drowning), 2010, overboard (2011, 2015), 2012 (buggy crash in Cozumel Mexico), 2015 (8 yo kid drowned in the pool), 2017 (crew)
- injuries/crimes – 2010 (bomb threat)*, 2012
- Norovirus (passengers/crew)- 2007 (200 / 12)
- fun - 2013 whole-ship charter for US$3 million)
|24 April 2017||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(overboard) On April 24, 2017, a 39-year-old male crew was reported missing (presumably fell overboard). The man (Norman DeCastro, of Filipino origin) worked on the ship as bartender. The search for him started after he didn’t report for work. He was last seen on a CCTV camera at ~1:30 am (April 24).
He was officially reported missing at 4:30 am, after a complete shipboard search was conducted. Followed an USCG search and rescue operation via one patrol boat dispatched from Galveston TX. The USCG ship was assisted by an airplane dispatched from Corpus Christi Airport (Nueces County Texas).
The accident occurred in Gulf of Mexico, approx 170 ml (270 km) southeast of Galveston Texas. The ship was en-route to Cancun, on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise (itinerary April 23-30) roundtrip Galveston to Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman Island and Falmouth Jamaica. The USCG operation was suspended in the afternoon of April 25, after searching an area of over 17,100 km2 (6,600 ml2).
|21 December 2015||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On December 21, 2015, an 8-year old boy drowned in a swimming pool on Lido Deck 11. The kid was spotted and pulled out of the water (unconscious) by a passenger. The ship’s med team immediately responded administering CPR and attempting resuscitation for over an hour – unfortunately, unsuccessful.
Unlike public swimming pools, most cruise ships don’t have lifeguards stationed at the onboard pools. The accident occurred while the ship was at sea, en-route from Galveston to Mexico on the second day of a 7-day Western Caribbean "Christmas Cruise" from Galveston TX (roundtrip itinerary Dec 20 – 27) with call ports Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Maya.
|22 March 2015||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(overboard) On March 22, 2015, a 47-year-old male passenger jumped overboard at ~9 pm. According to a witness, the man “climbed over a railing” on deck 12. The ship was on a 4-day Mexico cruise to Cozumel, and en-route to homeport Port Everglades, approx 20 ml / 32 km off the US coast (Marathon, Florida Keys archipelago).
|01 May 2013||Other Incidents|
("big money" incident) On May 1, 2013, the renown international law firm “DLA Piper Global” chartered the whole ship for a business partner meeting at sea. The law company booked the ship for a Mediterranean cruise out of Barcelona. The roundtrip itinerary was a coastal voyage to Nice, France.
On this Royal Caribbean cruise ship charter, they spent over USD 3 million (charter fee), plus the extra costs for beverages, shore excursions and international flights for all the guests traveling to Spain.
DLA Piper Global Law Firm represents mostly large multinational corporations and high-technology companies. Statistics show DLA Piper made over USD 2,4 billion in 2012. The company has 100+ offices and 4200+ employees worldwide.
|03 December 2012||Coast Guard Medevacs|
On December 3, 2012, a medical emergency (male passenger with a serious injury and needing advanced surgery) forced the ship to change the itinerary, skipping the Falmouth port (Jamaica). The ship’s course was also alternated so the injured man can be medevaced by USCG helicopter crew. Blood donations from passengers were also needed to assist him. Strong winds prevented the helicopter to land on the cruise ship's helipad, so he had to be airlifted in a basket.
|20 November 2012||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On November 20, 2012, two passengers died ashore in Cozumel, when their sand buggy lost control and struck a guardrail. The other 2 passengers – the driver and his wife, suffered not life-threatening injuries. The dead couple (Jim Melillo and Susan Borges) was from Orlando, and well known for their charity work in Central Florida. They were also part of a 28-friends group who was on a Carnival Cruise Lines organized 6-hour dune buggy riding tour in Cozumel.
|30 January 2012||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On January 30, 2012, a 47-year old female passenger died on the ship after missing a step and falling down a staircase. The woman was leaving the ship’s disco club “Catacombs”. When the incident happened, the ship was en-route to homeport Port Everglades on a 4-night roundtrip itinerary.
|05 January 2011||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
(overboard) On January 5, 2011, a 21-year-old male passenger jumped overboard from Deck 12. His family reported he was missing at ~9 am. When the conducted onboard search didn't find the man, CCTV camera records were reviewed. The footage showed that he climbed over the railing and jumped at 3:25 am.
The incident happened when the ship was at sea and en-route to Belize, approx 6 ml / 10 km west off Turneffe (Maaga Caye). Belize Coast Guard assets carried out a search and rescue operation, but the body was never found.
|21 January 2010||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On January 21, 2010, a 37-year-old male passenger was found dead in his cabin, just before lunchtime. The cruise ship was booked under charter by a tour operator catering to gay travel.
|28 October 2009||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On October 28, 2009, a former Royal Caribbean Captain, the 57-year-old Tore Myhra (Norwegian-born), died in a Miami hospital of Legionella pneumophila after becoming ill on the cruise ship. He suffered from Legionnaire’s Disease (pneumonia) symptoms – respiratory difficulty, dry cough, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting. The man was traveling with his wife and daughter. The family filed in Florida a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean for damages, but the case was dismissed in 2012.
|04 June 2009||Crew / Passenger Deaths|
On June 4, 2009, a 62-year-old female passenger died ashore while swimming with her husband near Royal Palms, Florida. Assisted by another passenger who was jet-skiing in the area, she was brought to shore. Police and paramedics found her unconscious. In a local hospital she was pronounced dead.
|May 2007||Cruise Illness / Norovirus Outbreaks|
May-June 2007, CDC reported on voyage May 26 to Jun 2, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 200 passengers (out of 3846, or 5,2%) and 12 crew (out of 1425, or 0,8%). All sick suffered from Noro virus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins.
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