Here we have a woman celebrating the big Three-OH on a Carnival Cruise ship. Apparently she had a few too many, “leaned over” the guard rail to get a better look at the side of the ship (?) and after a 7-level drop to the sea at NIGHT was rescued by one of the ship’s launches. What is wrong with this story? The rescue took 90 minutes (MUCH better than NEVER) and she asserts that a bartender got her drunk so she is suing.
A little hopscotch on the order of events, here. Part of her suit alleges that Carnival does not have a man overboard (MOB) detection system. When I was on active duty, MOB detection was a shipmate who witnessed the event shouting “Man overboard, starboard side” (example) and pointing continuously in the direction of the MOB. Throw, Tow, Row, Go is the order of events for recovering an MOB on small vessels (I LOVE to sail).
Large vessels do not stop on a dime. Full stop on the engines and your inertia can still carry you a mile or more. Backing down on the engines will stop you sooner but the shudder from the asymmetrical torque on the hull can be tremendous so unless the passengers are warned that the ship will not come apart, you will have general panic among a couple of thousand people.
Okay, back to it. Ms. Kirby (plaintiff) alleges that it took too long for her friends to convince the Captain that there was a problem. Not to throw stones but:
A) where were they when she was leaning off into infinity
B) why did they let her drink so much
C) how coherent were they
D) how believable were thay
E) why was none of THEM making every effort to keep her in sight til the cavalry could come
I had an exercise in OCS (Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI) where the scenario was you are the captain of a vessel in a storm and a small girl approached you scared and crying and says ‘Captain, please go THAT way’. I doubt anyone would actually change course to calm a child, nor would they for a potentially inebriated passenger.
Does she have a case? Nah! Will carnival pay? Yeah, of course they will. Easier to settle a nuisance claim and get the press off your tail rather than be seen as the corporate giant beating up on this poor defenseless woman.
As for my title? At what point did we realize it is better to abrogate personal responsibility for EVERYTHING? My grandson played soccer for several seasons…only the parents were keeping score and of course EVERYONE got a participation trophy. People are unemployed or underemployed and that is the ‘fault’ of “the MAN” keeping them down so the haves have more and the have nots, not. We have gone from the twinky defense to a retired police officer shooting another movie goer over possible tossed popcorn and texting during the previews. Shot dead! The news is already abuzz with the stand your ground defense.
I was taught that if I made a mistake, own it and fix it. No excuse, no rationalization, no finger pointing. A friend of mine says everything after “I’m sorry” is bs. What we have is commonly called the Nixon Theorem: ‘he who can smile when things go wrong has found someone else to blame them on’. Pay attention, Washington!