A woman who took K White Knuckle Boat Ride ’, including 360 degree bends in the middle of the ocean, has prosecuted compensation in the High Court for cutting her elbow.
The injury happened when Siobhán Kellett, a dance teacher, was on a seven-night Caribbean cruise in April 2016 with her husband Leslie to celebrate her 50th birthday and her silver wedding anniversary. Their holiday was finished with five days at a jive festival in Las Vegas.
Ms Kellett (53), Rockfield Green, Maynooth, Co Kildare has prosecuted British company RCL Cruises Ltd of Weybridge, Surrey who worked the cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, allegedly responsible for the St Martin's tour. The West of the name of the White Kite Boat Trip.
He has also prosecuted Panther Associates Ltd, trading as Tour America, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, where he booked the April 2016 holiday.
He claims that he is unable to provide adequate safety restrictions, harness or seat belts on the jet boat to ensure that passengers are kept safe from injury.
The allegations are rejected and the defendants also plead that Ms Kellett had not followed instructions and failed to respect her own safety.
Mr Justice Anthony Barr was told that the journey on the boat was described as an “adrenaline rush” crushed from a water coaster roller ”and included a span and speed of 53 miles per hour which included a hold charge. “About dear life”.
In evidence, Ms Kellett said that it was “Christmas Day” when she went on to the cruise ship in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and the voyage was € 3,674, which the couple had paid for in installments over two years, “Great”.
He said the couple had taken the pre-booked journey, costing € 120, when the ship was docked on the fifth day at St Martin in India West.
He said that they had been given life jackets and seats that had been allocated next to the captain on the fiberglass boat which he described as a “basic look” as a “skip”.
The captain told them to use the guide and to pull their feet on the ground and would give a hand signal when he was going to do the 360 degree walk on the ocean.
She said she had been thrown out of her seat and struck her elbow against the metal side of the jet boat during two 360 degree movements of the journey.
Referring to the first 360 degree time, he said: “We were out in the middle of the ocean and I was still tight, but I cut my head against the captain.”
He said the captain had then shown her to change places with her husband with the effect on the outside seat.
On the next spin, she said she was hanging tightly on the bar of her front but she was lifted out of her seat.
“I remember thinking what I was going to do, getting into the water, but I came back down on the seat and I was thrown in. by the side of the boat and pushed my right arm against the side. ”
The pain was “horrible” and she felt like a child “trying to be very, very brave” because she didn't want to spoil the journey for everyone else, she said.
When they were back on the cruise ship later, a doctor told her that her elbow had not broken, but when she had an x-ray after she returned home, she found a fracture of her right elbow without displacement.
The accident prevented the enjoyment of their holiday and overshadowed the rest of their journey in Vegas, he said.
He said a cross-section examined by Jim Callaghan SC, for the defendants, that Ms Kellett had been on fast flights before she felt that she felt completely safe.
When asked by counsel whether she saw the boat trip so dangerous, she replied “I didn't see it as dangerous at all”.
The case continues on Friday.