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Injured tourists may get compensation on a “case-by-case basis”

Posted by te2ataria on August 1, 2008

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Injured cruise passengers to get compensation

– Stuff New Zealand, NZPA –

Terrified cruise passengers injured when their ship rolled in massive seas during the storm battering New Zealand are to be offered compensation for having their dream holiday ruined.

The Pacific Sun, with 1732 people on board, struck trouble 600km north of Auckland on Wednesday night, when it ran into 90kph winds and 7m swells.

The ship lurched 20 degrees, smashing windows, crockery and glassware.

Some passengers feared for their lives, with one sending an email to TV3 which read: “We are nearly on our side. If we get out of this, it will be a miracle. . . I am so scared.”

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Sun went into a vicious roll last night, injuring dozens of passengers. The New Zealand Herald reports that 42 passengers have received medical treatment on board the 47,000-ton vessel in the wake of the storm. (Source USA Today)

A stuff.co.nz reader said they had heard from a nurse holidaying on the ship who described conditions as unbearable. The nurse had been asked to work in the ship’s medical centre because of the sheer number of injuries the passengers had.

At least 40 passengers required medical attention for cuts, bruises and sprains, with three people remaining under medical supervision.

The ship was expected to reach Auckland this afternoon, where a Maritime New Zealand investigator would look into what happened.

Spokesman Ross Henderson said MNZ was limited in its jurisdiction because the Pacific Sun was not a New Zealand-registered vessel and the incident occurred so far out at sea, but investigators could demand repairs to the ship before it departed.

Anthony Fisk, spokesman for operator P&O, said the course for the cruise between Vanuatu and Auckland had been planned to avoid as much of the poor weather as possible, but had still been unexpectedly caught out.

Damage to the ship was “superficial” but was likely to delay the departure of Pacific Sun’s next cruise, he said.

A total of 3382 passengers have been affected across the two cruises.

Mr Fisk said the company would do all it could to help passengers, and that included offering compensation on a “case-by-case basis”.

The Pacific Sun, which is carrying 1732 passengers and 671 crew, has not had an update on its live webcam since about the time it rolled.

“I would like to assure the friends and families of our passengers that they are in good care on board the ship,” the P&O Cruises spokesman said. Copyright the authors, or news agency. See NewZeelend Fair Use Notice!

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/4638777a11.html; accessed Friday August 2008.

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