In the event that you or your family are a victim of cruise ship crime or are injured on board a ship, the Cruise S.O.S. Card gives you the information you need to protect your rights, including important steps to take as well as emergency telephone numbers. All of the important information below is included on the free Cruise S.O.S. Card.
Steps To Take If You Are Injured On Board A Cruise Ship
- Immediately report in writing the incident to the security department on the ship.
- Get a copy of your written report.
- Take photographs of the scene of the incident before it changes, if possible. If the scene has changed, still take photographs.
- Write down the name, address, and telephone number of each person who is a witness to the incident.
- Go to the ship's doctor to get treatment for your injury.
- If necessary, go to a shore side doctor at the next port of call.
- Contact an experienced maritime attorney to discuss the incident as soon as possible.
What To Do If You Are A Victim Of A Crime On Board A Cruise Ship
After any cruise ship crime including sexual assault and rape, it is very important that the crime scene be preserved.
- It should be sealed off until law enforcement arrives.
- Pictures should be taken of the entire scene.
- Access to the scene should be limited to law enforcement personnel who know how to collect evidence without destroying it.
- Gloves and booties should be worn.
- The names, addresses and telephone numbers of each possible witness should be obtained and statements taken.
- The sexual assault or rape victim should be instructed not to eat, drink, shower, bath, brush teeth or go to the bathroom before a rape exam is done by a physician.
- Blood samples from the victim should be immediately done. Photographs of the victim to show bruises, tears, etc should be done.
Emergency Contact Information for Cruise Ship Crime & Accident Victims
Federal Bureau of Investigations (F.B.I.)
Telephone: (202) 324-3000
Contact the F.B.I. immediately if you have been victim of a crime on board such as rape or sexual assault, or if you believe someone is missing from the ship.
United States Coast Guard
Telephone: (757) 398-6390
Contact the Coast Guard if you believe someone is missing from the ship, someone has gone overboard, or if there is a fire on board.
Telephone: (305) 373-3016
24/7 free consultation from the high seas. Call if you have been injured or if a crime has been committed on board for advice on steps you should take and how to protect your rights.
International Seafarers Association
Telephone: (242) 422-2212
Contact the ISA if a crew member is injured or needs help, or if a crew member is being mistreated. The ISA will keep the crew members name anonymous upon request.