We have previously reported about the number of disappearances and incidents involving passengers going overboard on a cruise ship, as well as Congressional Hearings that have been held regarding concerns over the safety of the United States passengers which led to passage of legislation called the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.
It has recently been reported that another passenger on a cruise ship, this time aboard the passenger cruise ship the Maasdam, operated by Holland America Line out of Seattle, Washington, was found dead by a fisherman in the Northuberland Strait located in eastern Canada. The passenger was a 75 year old male. His wife had reported him missing on October 4, 2011, shortly after the vessel arrived in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. A ship-wide search effort did not locate the missing passenger.
The Canadian Coast Guard and law enforcement authorities were contacted. A search effort was launched along the route the ship had taken up until the passenger was reported as missing. The body was then discovered by a local fisherman and identified.
The ship had left Montreal on October 1st for a seven day Canada/New England cruise to Boston.
An autopsy has been ordered which will assist in determining the cause of death.
Holland America Line issued the following statement: “Holland America Line operates a comprehensive program to ensure the safety and security of its guests and ship personnel… flagged in the Netherlands, all ships meet the stringent Dutch, United States, and international standards for safety and security. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority.”
Our firm has handled several cases involving passengers that have gone missing during a cruise, including the case involving George Smith who went missing during his honeymoon cruise. His disappearance led to national attention on the cruise ship industry and the problems involving crimes and disappearances onboard cruise ships. His disappearance led to Congressional Hearings, and investigations of many other incidents, which eventually led to the passage of the legislation that was signed by President Obama.
Our firm continues to be safety advocates for passengers and crewmembers that have been harmed at sea. We also continue to fight for all those injured and harmed at sea in all types of boating accidents.