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This review of Michael Meyer’s deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Michael Meyer Deposition

Much of our discussion of his deposition is included in our coverage of the accident and in our summary of the legal case.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

How the Cruise and Excursion Were Booked

The Meyer’s were friends with a couple that had taken several cruises. When Michael learned their friends were going on a cruise to St. Lucia, he called a lady that had booked several cruises for these friends in the past and asked her to book he and his wife on the same cruise using his credit card in January 2011. He did that from his home in Arizona. The same lady sent him a list of all the shore excursions at stops along the way and the cost of each one. Michael reports he talked to the same lady about six times by phone prior to leaving on the cruise. He has a computer and access to the Internet but does not feel comfortable using it. During his visits with the booking agent, he and his wife also signed up for four or five excursions their friends were going on and paid for them with his credit card.

Michael says the booking agent told him the excursion tours were ran by Carnival and strictly for Carnival passengers. The friends they were cruising with had previously told them the same thing as well. Read More→

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This review of Siobhan Beaubrun’s deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Cox & Company, the tour operator, provided Siobhan Beaubrun, their Director of Corporate Affairs/Excursions, as their person to be deposed by Plaintiff attorneys for all questions regarding Cox.

We provide a lengthy summary of that deposition below for two purposes. First, as part of our coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival, et al. case, and second, as an example of the type of testimony offered by tour operators in cruise ship shore excursion accident cases.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

Some would say Siobhan Beaubrun was a less than reputable witness. Read More→

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This is part two of the Siobhan Beaubrun deposition in our coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines, et al. case resulting from a cruise ship shore excursion catamaran propeller accident in St. Lucia.

Siobhan Beaubrun / Cox deposition part 2

Plaintiff attorney produced a Tour Information Form (TIF) with information on the Pitons excursion. It includes the text “a relaxing swim in the lovely waters of the Caribbean Sea.” Carnival now uses a similar statement on its website about the tour.

Plaintiff attorney produced an EDQ (Excursion Description Questionaire), Siobhan called it an Extreme Detail Questionaire, dated 30 July 2012 for a Cruise to Soufriere Bay. That description included stops at Anse Cochon and Malgretout Bay. Mr. Meyer was on the Piton tour and injured at Malgretout, but Exhibit 22, the EDQ for the Piton tour, said they would be stopping at Anse Cochon. It did not list Malgretout Bay. Malgretout is closer to the Pitons than Anse Cochon as seen in the map below.


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This review Lera Toato Mathurin’s depostion is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Lera Toato Mathurin was the Cox & Company representative on the Tango Too catamaran excursion to the Pitons the day Michael Meyer was injured.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

Direct Examination by Noah Silverman for Cox

Tango Too Sail Cat, Sea Spray tours, St. Lucia

Tango Too Sail Cat, Sea Spray tours, St. Lucia

Lera Toato lives in Catries, St. Lucia and has worked for Cox & Company for 14 years as a tour guide. She insures the safety of the passengers and makes sure they have a great experience.

She was trained by Cox & Company, by the training course at the St. Lucian Tourist Board, and by on the job training (going with a more experienced tour guide). She is now one of the more experienced tour guides at Cox and provides training for some of the less experienced guides. Lera has been working catamaran tours for 14 years. She has been on over a hundred catamaran tours.

As the tours are leaving she uses the PA system to instruct them on safety, tell them life jackets are available, tell them there were be no jumping onboard, and does a life jacket fitting demonstration. She instructs passengers that are not strong swimmers to wear life jackets at the swim stop. She tells them alcohol will be served after swimming and explains where the bathrooms are. Lera also instructs them that passengers are not allowed to jump off the boat. Read More→

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Tango Too Sail Cat, Sea Spray tours, St. Lucia

Tango Too Sail Cat, Sea Spray tours, St. Lucia

This review of Captain Lawrence O’Neil’s deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Captain Lawrence O’Neil was captain of the M/V Tango Too catamaran on the day of Michael Meyer’s incident in St. Lucia.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

Direct Examination by Noah Silverman for Cox

Lawrence O’Neil lives in downtown Catries, St. Lucia, about ten miles from where his deposition is being taken. He is employed by Sea Spray Cruises as seaman and captain. He captains yacht charter and catamaran cruises. Captain Lawrence started working as a seaman at 18 and is now 56. He captained sloops (regular sailboats) and catamarans for Steven’s Yachts for about 15 years. Stevens was taken over by Sunsail and the worked for them 15 years, ten years as a captain doing deliveries on different islands. They had over 3,000 boats going to different places in the Caribbean.

Sunsail closed in 2000 and he went to work for Sea Spray. He has been there 14 years. When he was out of work, Sea Spray called him because another captain had quit and they needed to pickup a boat in Trinidad. They flew him to Trinidad to sail it back, visited with SunSail about his reputation, and hired him.

He started with smaller catamarans for Sea Spray, like 30 to 40 footers.

He has some certificates for seamanship, coastal navigation, water safety, rescue and survival training with SunSail and a St.Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority certificate for participating in an April 7, 2009 Safety Awareness Workshop.

Captain Lawrence had CPR training and basic first aid training in PADI school. He also has a St. Lucia captains certificate that is at Sea Spray’s office. He is retrained by PADI every year. Read More→

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This affidavit and deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Randall Jaques, a marine safety and security consultant, was hired by plaintiff’s counsel to review events leading up to the accident, to inspect the vessel, to review the depositions, and to take a tour on Cox’s Catamaran Cruise to the Pitons, to review the practices and procedures of Carnival, Cox, Sea Spray, and the crew of the M/V Tango Too, and to determine was caused the event and Mr. Meyers injuries.

Randall Jaques filed an affidavit of his findings. The affidavit was notarized 26 April 2013.

Most of our coverage of these affidavits and depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

Randall Jaques Affidavit

Jaques previously worked for as a security chief on several vessels for Carnival, had been responsible for supervising tender operations in ports with no cruise ship docks, had been a security chief for vessels of other cruise lines, had occasionally monitored safety on Carnival sponsored shore excursions, and worked numerous military assignments.

He booked a 19 January 2012 tour on the Tango Too that was primarily for passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Castries. Jaques had no problem booking tickets directly with Cox. Read More→

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This review of Jack Cardillo’s deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Jack Cardillo was a passenger on the catamaran that injured Michael Meyer.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

The deposition began at 8:30 am.

Direct Examination by Michael Erikson Plaintiff Attorney

Jack Cardillo is one of the gentlemen on the catamaran shore excursion to the Pitons that dove from the stern several minutes before Michael Meyer dove from the same location. He thinks he purchased catamaran excursion tickets for him and his wife from Carnival after they boarded the ship at the shore excursion desk. The tickets were later delivered to his room.

Tango Too Sail Cat, Sea Spray tours, St. Lucia

Tango Too Sail Cat, Sea Spray tours, St. Lucia

When they started to board, he noticed there was no sail. He asked a crew member about it. They said their had been a storm a couple years ago and the sail blew away. Jack was surprised they had not replaced it in that amount of time and mentioned it to the crew member.

Photos on their web site, as seen above, still show the sail. Read More→

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This review of Siobhan O’Grady’s deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Siobhan, O’Grady, a New York attorney, was also on the Cox Catamaran Cruise to the Pitons on the day of the Meyer incident.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

Siobhan O’Grady Deposition

Mr. Eriksen examined him for the Plaintiff.

Siobhan was on the Carnival cruise ship and went on the catamaran shore excursion with her boyfriend at that time.

When the catamaran was cruising they made an announcement including they were going to stop to swim and would be serving beverages on the way back.

They saw the Pitons and pulled into a small beach. The catamaran pushed up to the shore and they dropped the ladder off the front. The crew said the passengers could jump off the back or walk off the front. She saw a few people jump off both sides of the back of the boat. Read More→

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This review of Ed Wieten’s deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Ed Wieten (Joannes Clemens Wieten) from Curacao in the Caribbean was also a passenger on the Tango Too the day of Michael Meyer’s accident.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

As we have covered some previous passengers comments more in depth, we will only be listing his comments that add additional information to the case.

Ed Wieten Deposition

Mr. Wieten has pretty good English, but preferred to go through a translator. The translator will translate the questions into his native language, he will answer in his native language, and the translator will translate his response to English. Read More→

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This review of Jeffrey Navotny’s deposition is part of our much larger coverage of the Michael Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines et al. case resulting from a catamaran propeller accident on a cruise ship shore excursion.

Most of our coverage of these depositions comes from legal documents in PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). We encourage those who wish to study the case more in depth to establish a PACER account and view the original records. Fees are typically about a dime a page.

We previously covered depositions of two other passengers reasonably in depth so will only mention any new points raised in the Navotny Deposition.

Jeffrey Navotny Deposition

Michael Erikson attorney for Plaintiff, Robert Oldershaw for Carnival, and Noah Silverman for Cox.

Jeffrey was on the catamaran cruise the day of Mr. Meyer’s accident. Read More→

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