Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 8711344, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are ship collisions, fire, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions, rescue operations.
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Carnival Ecstasy accidents & incidents
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Pier collision accident
- January 28, 2010, while maneuvering to dock at Galveston port, the ship collided with Pier 23.
- Note: Actually, this type of marine accidents is called “allision” (striking a fixed object) as opposed to “collision” (striking another vessel).
- In 1998 a laundry room fire caused minor injuries to 8 passengers and 14 crewmembers, and some serious damages to the Ecstasy ship. The amount of total losses was over USD 17 mill.
- April 21, 2010, at ~1 am, the ship performed an evasive maneuver to avoid a floating object, resulting in 12-degree listing to portside. The object was an adrift, mostly submerged buoy. The ship was on the second leg of a 5-day Mexico itinerary roundtrip from homeport Galveston TX (leaving April 17). According to passenger reports, the ship tilted for ~10 min. The incident caused panic, damages (including broken glass) and the swimming pool was emptied. Some 60+ passengers suffered minor injuries. The amount of total losses was over USD 25 mill.
- April 17, 2013, while sailing off the Florida coast at the end of a 5-day cruise to Bahamas from Port Canaveral, the ship experienced a technical problem causing power loss for about 15 min. It was quickly fixed by the crwe. No injuries were reported.
- September 2017, one Bahamas cruise from Charleston SC (itinerary September 9-15 / 6-day to Freeport, Half Moon Cay and Nassau) was cancelled due to hurricane Irma. All bookings received full refunds. All booked shore excursions were fully refunded.
Cuban refugees cruise ship rescue incident
- On April 17, 2013, the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy was sailing on a 5-day Mexico itinerary from Miami (departure May 12). While en-route from Key West Florida to Cozumel Mexico, the ship received a distress call and altered its course in order to help a boat with 41 Cuban refugees (migrants) trying to get to the USA by sea. The unseaworthy and overcrowded boat was sailing without any lifesaving or navigation equipment on it. The incident happened in Florida Straits (90 ml / 145 km) between Florida and Cuba.
- Note: Cruise ship operators have agreed to inform the USCG if they spot Cuban refugees in open sea and to rescue them if needed.
- Similar Carnival cruise ship rescue incidents happened on Carnival Paradise (March 4, 2014, 24 Cubans rescued), on Carnival Dream (May 7, 2014, 39 Cubans rescued), on Carnival Liberty (August 22, 2014, 11 Cubans rescued) and on Carnival Breeze (May 9, 2015, 25 Cubans rescued). All refugee boats were both unseaworthy and overcrowded.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- February 16, 2010, a female passenger was found dead by the boyfriend. Toxicology report showed tests for multiple drugs.
- July 20, 2010, a male passenger died while the ship was in Galveston. Autopsy report showed Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (heart disease).
- December 29, 2015, an US TV news media reported on passenger-made videos showing blood pouring out of one of the ship’s elevators. Carnival Cruise Lines announced via email the death of the 66-year-old male crew (Jose Sandoval Opazo, of Italian origin) who worked on the ship as a chief electrician. The man was doing routine maintenance when the elevator suddenly moved from deck 6 to 9. He fell and was crushed against the shaft’s wall. According to the investigation report, the man had disabled the lift’s safety system. The accident occurred at sea (at ~6:15 pm) during the 4-days Western Caribbean New Year cruise from Miami (roundtrip itinerary Dec 28 – Jan 1) with call ports Key West Florida and Cozumel Mexico.
- September 7, 2016, at ~2:30 am, the cruise ship conducted a search and rescue operation (later continued by USCG vessels) approx 27 ml (43 km) southwest of Freeport (Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas). A 32-year-old female passenger was reported fell overboard (“jumping overboard” from deck 11, according to a crew witness). The AIS data showed a classic man overboard rescue turn (aka Wlliamson Turn) – slowing speed and turning around. The accident occurred while the Ecstasy was at sea, returning from a 6-day Bahamas cruise from Charleston SC to Half Moon Cay (private island) and Nassau. After a 43-hour period and covering an area of around 2800 ml2 (7250 km2), the USCG search and rescue operation was suspended on Sept 9. The body of Rina Patel (resident of Interlaken, Seneca County – New York) was never found.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- April 25, 2011, while the ship was docked in Galveston, a male passenger slipped on wet floor and fell near the Lido pool, sustaining injuries (right shoulder, left knee). He was disembarked and taken by ambulance.
- February 6, 2012, a female passenger was slipped on wet floor and fell on Lido deck, fracturing her left shoulder. She was disembarked in Nassau, Bahamas, then flown back to Michigan for surgery.
- May 22, 2013, a 48-year-old female passenger slipped on wet deck floor and fell near the Lido pool, fracturing her right leg. She was disembarked in Jamaica (Montego Bay).
- September 29, 2014, a female crew lost part of her finger while moving laundry trolley.
- August 11, 2016 (law news) – a federal jury indictment was handed down against a male passenger accused of assaulting another male passenger on the Ecstasy ship. The incident (alleged assault) occurred on February 26 (2016) while the vessel was in international waters and en-route from Bahamas back to its home-port Charleston SC. Timothy Dean Hill (of US origin) was accused of and charged with “assault resulting in serious bodily injuries” (max penalty of 10 years in federal prison). No further details about both men and the alleged incident were provided.
- August 29, 2016, an US news media reported that CBP officers (Customs and Border Protection) arrested on outstanding warrants for drug crimes 2 cruise passengers when the ship arrived from in Charleston SC. The passengers (male – Otto Witherspoon, age 28, and female – Keshanda Mazyck, age 37) were both of American origin and traveling separately. The man (Charleston SC resident) was arrested for distribution of cocaine. The woman (St Stephen SC resident) was arrested for possession of narcotics. The incident occurred at the end of a 4-day Bahamas cruise from Charleston to Nassau (roundtrip, itinerary Aug 25-29).
- April 14, 2017, a 71-year-old female passenger (suffering a head injury after falling) was medevaced while the ship was approx 120 km (75 ml) east of Daytona Beach Florida. The elderly woman was airlifted and transported to UF Health Shands Hospital (Gainesville Florida) via USCG helicopter team dispatched from Air Station Clearwater.
- April 21, 2017, a 53-year-old female passenger (suffering from chest pains) was medevaced while the ship was approx 240 km (150 ml) east of homeport Port Canaveral. The USCG Clearwater dispatched a helicopter (MH-60 Jayhawk) crew to airlift the woman together with a cruise ship nurse and transport them to Halifax Health Medical Center (Daytona Beach Florida).
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