The Independence of the Seas returned early to Fort Lauderdale this morning because a passenger sustained a serious injury yesterday.
Several passengers emailed me stating that the Royal Caribbean passenger sustained major head trauma after he fell on the FlowRider. It is unclear exactly when or how the accident occurred, but the Independence of the Seas returned to port in Fort Lauderdale this morning around 3:00 A.M.
Flowriders are exceedingly dangerous. There have been numerous broken ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulders and necks and even one death on Royal Caribbean cruise ships when a passenger broke his neck and was killed. We believe the FlowRiders are unreasonably unsafe, defectively designed with negligent instructors.
Most passengers do not realize that the Royal Caribbean waiver which the cruise line forces passengers to sign is illegal and unenforceable under Maritime Law.
Don’t forget to read: FlowRider Accidents: Royal Caribbean Liability Waivers Are Unenforceable!
Danger on the High Seas – Royal Caribbean’s Deadly FlowRider. Don’t watch video if you are squeamish.
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