May 28, 2003
"This terrible accident also resulted in the injury of 20 other crewmembers, some of whom remain hospitalized," said an NCL statement."Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to those who are injured and to the families of our lost colleagues. NCL employees have established an aid and memorial fund for the badly injured and for the families of the deceased called the S/S Norway Relief and Memorial Fund."
NCL said it "is working closely with the families and arrangements are being made for family members to come to Miami as soon as possible."
Meantime, at least two members of the Norway's crew have already brought lawsuits.
Yesterday Miami lawyer William Huggett, sued the NCL's parent company, Star Cruises, on behalf of a Filipino worker who suffered burns on his face, arms and other parts of his body. His client, Abdi Comedia, a cook, said at a news conference called by Huggett that he woke up Sunday morning and was taking a shower when the explosion happened. He said he ran out shouting, "Help me, help me!"
Comedia is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. At a news conference with his attorney, Comedia said he woke up Sunday morning and was taking a shower when the explosion happened. He said he ran out shouting, "Help me, help me!"
Huggett has represented seamen in injury suits against cruise lines in the past. Reportedly a 1997 suit against NCL involving a crewmember burned in a boiler room accident resulted in a $2.5 million settlement.
In a second suit, seaman Ruben Andres Garcia is seeking more than $15,000 in damages. He reportedly was emptying garbage when he was scalded by a burst of steam.