Cruise Law News has been contacted by two passengers this weekend, inquiring about a serious accident which occurred on the Oasis of the Seas.  The passengers are describing the incident as occurring during a crew fire drill while the cruise ship was at the port in Cozumel last Thursday, January 27th.  A crew member was badly injured and taken from the cruise ship by a medical team.

The captain of the Oasis made a number of announcements indicating that the crew member was in critical condition and underwent surgery.

 If you were you on the cruise and have pertinent information, please feel free to leave a message below.

January 29, 2011:  We received information that the accident occurred "during the mandatory drill an oxygen tank cracked and hit a crew member on the head.  Safety officer broke his leg."    

January 30, 2011 Update: a passenger comments below that a defective oxygen tank used during the fire drills ‘took off like a rocket’ and hit the crew member in the head and he was taken to Miami for emergency medical treatment.  

January 31, 2011 Update:  a cruise insider informs us that the Royal Caribbean crew member died on January 29, 2011.

  • Janet

    I was on this cruise and my thoughts and prayers are with the crew member that was hurt. The captain kept us informed by announcements, and later at ‘Captain’s Corner’ which is a forum in which the captain shows behind the scenes footage and then conducts a question and answer period with the passengers. Someone asked for further details about the incident and we were told that during the weekly drill, an oxygen tank that is used during the drills (and of course during an actual emergency) had a faulty valve. The captain said that the tank ‘took off like a rocket’ and hit the crew member in the head. He was flown to Miami where he is in critical condition.

  • Suzanne

    It’s certainly not the first crew accident on the Oasis but certainly the first accident that seemingly hasn’t been covered up.

  • diann giello

    Was told by another crew member that the guy was to going home that Saturday, before the accident. I was aslo on board, our sympathy goes out to his family.

  • R.Nickels

    I am curious to know a little more about this incident. This would not have been an oxygen cylinder which is the last item wanted near any fire or ignition source, but the cylinder from the crew fire fighting pack or SCBA self contained breathing apparatus. These cylinders contain class D or better breathing air at 200 0r 300 bars of pressure(app 3000 or 4500 PSI). If the cylinder was dropped and the valve broke off I would like to know the details about the cylinder involved. Typically these ships use a unit Manufactured by Drager and to reduce cost they purchase the heavy steel cylinder with a tapered thread valve that I have always thought seemed inadequate given the weight of the cylinder and the potential for this type of thing to occur if the cylinder were dropped. I have personally seen two of these valves snap off when removed from the cylinder. the alternative lightweight carbon fiber cylinder is significantly more expensive. but given that it weighs about 9 pounds versus well over 20 the weight of a dropped cylinder would be much less likely to cause a valve failure as detailed above.

  • Molie

    Another crew member just died on Oasis of the seas while doing an amergency drill. I hope they pay his family out big time. Another officer broke his leg during the same incident.

  • Mary Ann

    My husband and I were also on that sailing, such a tragic accident our thoughts , prayers and sympathy goes out to the family.

  • Jerry Cook

    I was on board as well. The Captains announcement was very straight forward and timely. The tank could have been a CO2 extinguisher or compressed air. Never Oxygen.

  • Annette

    His name was Domingo–he was from the Philippines.

  • oasisofficer

    In response to this incident. I am an officer that was serving on oasis and part of the fire team. We had had issues in the past with the valves and this was thoroughly looked into by the manufacturer. The sets are all checked before and after every drill by a dedicated crew member and the persons using the equipment also check it over before use as any experienced seafarer would do. The accident is indeed tragic but you take that emergency role on and a life at sea knowing that is a risk. It goes with the saying the perils of the sea.