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Autopsies of Passengers who died on Cruise Ship do not Suggest Foul Play

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I previously wrote a blog about two passengers that were found dead on board the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn during a cruise.

When the cruise ship docked in Boston, crime scene investigators were waiting. Autopsies were performed on the two passengers. The reports are that there were no indications of any foul play which resulted in either of the two deaths. However, the report I read did not say what the cause of death was. It simply said that further testing was going to be done, including toxicology testing and chemical analysis in an effort to determine the cause of the death.

There was more of a focus on the young passenger who died, was only 23 years old. Ross Klein, founder of the website Cruise Junkie, who maintains statistics of passengers who go missing or go overboard during a cruise, was quoted as saying that deaths due to natural causes are not uncommon on board a cruise ship. However in this particular case it was unusual to hear of the death of an individual so young.

Since deaths do occur on board a cruise ship, cruise ships are typically equipped with a morgue facility. As I reported in my prior blog about this situation, the passengers on board the cruise ship were oblivious to the fact the two passengers died during the cruise. The cruise ship companies do a very good job of keeping incidents such as these very quiet.

Our firm has handled many cases involving deaths on board a cruise ship, including the case involving George Smith who went missing during his honeymoon cruise. His death is believed to be a result of foul play.

We also have seen many cases involving death due to medical negligence of the medical staff aboard a cruise ship. Passengers who travel on board a cruise ship should be aware that a cruise ship is very similar to a big city, with all the associated risks, including the risks of criminal activity. Passengers should also understand the limitations of the medical staff on board a cruise ship, and be careful when traveling with any individuals that have a medical condition that might require treatment on an emergency basis. Often times, the medical negligence we see on board a cruise ship is the failure to provide prompt medical attention due to a failure to properly diagnose the condition.

Our firm continues to be safety advocates for both passengers and crewmembers harmed at sea.