Sarah Kirby fell off a Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean. Now she is suing the line.
Speakers – be aware of the lure of the sea. A few people fall overboard. Some are pushed. Some commit suicide. But Sarah says she was looking over the 7th deck railing then ker-plunk. She hit a lifeboat then went down another five floors. There was no alert system in place, as cruise ships have been requested to install. Carnival had none on this ship. So it took about 90 minutes for the Captain to be notified and turn the massive ship around and search for her. Kirby was lucky this was not in Alaska or other cold water seas. CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO
She has admitted to being drunk but claims she was plied with drinks by the bartender. Despite her party and other passengers reporting seeing her go overboard, the ship did not immediately act. Tis occurred about midnight on a very dark night.
She was terrified but managed to tread water the whole time – while fully dressed. And without a life preserver. She said she felt “something” brush her legs as she floated. Yes, sharks do inhabit the Jamaican waters. As the ship got close, a lifeboat was sent out – in pitch black at 2 am. She had more than a chill when she got onboard. She had a lot of injuries and the ship diverted to Key West to get her to a hospital.
As a speaker, what did you learn from this? How about: 1. Don’t drink; read a book at night or watch a DVD in your room. 2. Know where the life rings are. Toss it if need be.
3. Yell as loud as you can: “Man Overboard” three times. 4. Know where the emergency phones are. 5. Learn how to tread water.
You can see the full story on ABC News’ “20/20” for Friday, Jan. 17. Here is the news report.