INJURY AT SEA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Our staff is working remotely until further notice to help protect our employees, clients, and our communities from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our legal team will be answering calls, voicemail, and email, and will conduct all business by telephone, video conference, email or other electronic means. IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED AT SEA WE ARE STILL HERE TO HELP! We are still available 24/7 to talk about your case. We appreciate your patience until we are able to resume full and normal operations of all of our offices. We will get through this together!

Parasailing Cancelled after Death

Celebrity Cruises has canceled all parasailing trips in the Caribbean following an accident in St. Thomas that left one passenger dead and another critically injured. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity’s sister line, has followed suit.

A 60-year-old passenger sailing on Celebrity Eclipse, identified as Bernice Kraftcheck, 60, died as a result of her fall. Her daughter, Danielle Haese, 34, who was riding in tandem, is being treated at Hospital in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez confirmed that the mother and daughter were participating in a ship-sponsored shore excursion.

According to the Daily News, “squalls and wind gusts in St. Thomas on Tuesday afternoon may have factored into the death.” Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said the women hit the water at the same time.

Six government agencies have convened to investigate the matter, and are working in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard. The parasail company has voluntarily suspended operations until the completion of the full-compliance inspection.

As of Friday morning, Martinez tells Cruise Critic that the investigation is ongoing, and Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have stopped offering parasailing excursions in the Caribbean pending the outcome. Martinez said the decision to shelve the excursions was being made in an “abundance of caution.”

Contact Information