Cruise ship company Royal Caribbean has been forced to close an on-board ride on two ships after a 25-year-old passenger was severely injured. Casey Holladay, 25, from Florida, USA, was travelling on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas ship on a weekend cruise of the Bahamas when the accident took place in February. Holladay tried out the Sky Pad trampoline bungee ride – but when he was 20 feet in the air, the bungee holding him broke off. The young man landed on the deck floor next to the trampoline and fractured his pelvis.
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Royal Caribbean has since closed the Sky Pad ride on both Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas while they carry out an inspection of the ride.
Owen Torres, corporate communications director for Royal Caribbean International, told US newspaper the Miami Herald this week: “As part of our commitment to safety, we are temporarily taking Sky Pad out of service on Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas to conduct further inspection.”
Royal Caribbean responded to a tweet on Twitter yesterday, saying: “There’s no word as yet on if SkyPad will be open.”
They also replied to another tweet: “We’re currently conducting a review… as part of our commitment to safety for all of our guests.”
Injured Holladay is suing Royal Caribbean for $10million following his injury in February.
He told NBC after it happened: ”I just felt the momentum release from my body that I wasn’t being held by anything anymore.
“When I hit all I really remember is the hit and the noise and the fear.”
Holladay’s maritime attorney Brett Rivkind told NBC that while a friend attempted to record the aftermath of the accident a cruise line worker was trying to block the filming, rather than attending to the injured passenger.
“The video shows there was a stronger interest in preventing other passengers from videotaping and preserving the evidence than paying attention to Casey. That’s appalling,” Rivkind said.
Holladay has claimed he faces months of rehabilitation. A month after the accident he was able to himself up out of bed using a walker and a wheelchair, said NBC.
Express.co.uk has contacted Royal Caribbean for further comment on the ride’s closure.
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Royal Caribbean also hit headlines last weekend when the cruise ship company was forced to scrap three sailings in April.
The firm has cancelled the routes after one of its liners, Oasis of the Seas, was hit and damaged by a falling crane in a shipyard.
The ship was docked in the Bahamas when the incident occurred, with the equipment damaging some suites as well as the AquaTheatre, according to a letter sent to Business Insider.
With the capacity of the liner at 6,296, this means more than 18,000 will have been affected.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told Express.co.uk: “We have informed our guests that, in order to complete the interrupted dry dock of Oasis of the Seas, we have cancelled the ship’s April 7, April 14, and April 21 sailings.
“Guests on the three sailings will receive full refunds, as well as full credit toward a future cruise. We are sorry for the disruption to their holiday plans.”
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