A Carnival cruise ship that is based here in Louisiana was recently involved in a collision with one of its sister ships. This accident occurred as the vessel was docking at a scheduled stop in Mexico. Several people were hurt as a result of this incident.
According to reports, on Friday, Dec. 20, the Carnival Glory was docking when it hit the front end of the Carnival Legend, which was not moving at the time. Video of the incident shows the bow of the Legend taking out windows and causing significant structural damage to a few different floors of the Glory. The Legend seemed relatively unscathed in the incident.
A total of six people are said to have sought medical attention following the collision. It is unclear on which vessel the victims were passengers. All were treated by onboard medical staff and released. All reported injuries were supposedly minor in nature.
Authorities are still looking at what caused this incident. A letter released by the cruise line claims that wind gusts and a strong current are to blame. The ship was inspected and allowed to return to Louisiana as scheduled.
Thankfully, this incident was not nearly as bad as it could have been; still, for those hurt, the physical and emotional damages endured may be difficult to overcome. While only minor injuries were initially reported, the true extent of some injuries may take time to become fully apparent. If any of the victims experience symptoms that suggest their injuries are more serious than originally thought, it would be wise for them to seek immediate medical treatment. Under the right circumstances, damages following an event like this may be compensable. Legal counsel can help the victims take the steps necessary to seek relief for their losses.