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Suing Disney Cruise Lines

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Child Injuries, Cruise Ship Accidents

A cruise on the Disney Line’s Dream turned into a nightmare for a 13-year-old female passenger who was molested during her family’s vacation onboard the ship. Crew member Ahmed Sofyan, a resident of Jakarta, Indonesia, was arrested in Florida by the Port of Canaveral Police after being accused of molesting the child during their four-day cruise to the Bahamas. According to reports, he was arrested on two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of false imprisonment. Sofyan is currently incarcerated at the Brevard County Jail Complex.Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys

How long the crew member worked for Disney and the nature of his duties aboard the Dream are unknown at this time. Following his arrest, Disney’s issued the following statement:

“We have no tolerance whatsoever for the behavior alleged in this incident . . . . We are sorry that anything of this nature could have occurred on one of our ships. We place enormous value on the trust our guests have in us, and nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of each and every one of our guests.”

The case should serve as a warning to all parents that they must be vigilant aboard cruise ships just as though they were vacationing with their family at a hotel in a large city. Cruise ships often appear to be safe playgrounds, and parents–also in need of a vacation–want to believe that their children, teenaged and younger, are safe to wander the ship.

As a lawyer who sues Disney, I recommend never leaving children alone and without parental supervision while onboard a cruise ship. Our thoughts and prayers are with this child and her parents at this time.

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Warning from Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers: Swim at Your Own Risk

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Brain Injury, Child Injuries, Cruise Ship Accidents, Personal Injury News and Safety Resources

Our cruise ship injury lawyers want to warn families about to take a cruise with their children to be extra careful to supervise them closely whenever they are using one of the ship’s swimming pools. This is especially important as virtually no cruise lines provide lifeguards. We find this extremely difficult to believe, especially in light of a number of recent tragedies that have killed and severely injured children who have drowned onboard cruise ships.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death by drowning among children one to four accounts for more deaths than any other cause except birth defects. Yet currently no U.S. laws require cruise lines to provide lifeguards at their pools, and some of those ships carry hundreds or even thousands of children on every voyage.

Boy Drowns on Norwegian Cruise Ship

Our condolences go out to the family of a four-year-old boy who died aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway when he drowned in one of the ship’s swimming pools, off the coast of North Carolina. He and a six-year-old boy were airlifted to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern with his grandmother and one of the ship’s nurses. He died on the way.


Two Die in Cruise Ship Accident

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Cruise Ship Accidents

Our cruise ship accident lawyers express their sincere condolences to the families of two men killed last week when Royal Caribbean’s mega ship the Independence of the Seas got its mooring lines caught up with a smaller craft as it was departing from Port Zante, St. Kitts.

According to CNN, eyewitnesses saw the men in a small boat capsize in the ship’s wake. Although both men were wearing life vests, one man’s vest apparently became unfastened as he was thrown into the sea.

The Independence is one of RCCL’s mega cruise ships, with 1360 crew members, a surfing simulator called a Flo-Rider, rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, full-sized basketball court, full-sized boxing ring, and miniature golf course.

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