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Royal Caribbean Faces Trial Over Fatal Fall Overboard

Oct. 18, 2018, 3:18 PM

A jury will decide whether Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. negligently served alcohol to a passenger and then botched his rescue when he fell overboard, a federal court in Florida ruled.

Nathan Skokan died in 2016 while on a five-day cruise aboard the Independence of the Seas, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida said Oct. 16.

The ruling rejected Royal Caribbean’s assertion that Skokan, who had been drinking heavily before his death, “simply chose to go over the railing.”

Skokan allegedly consumed at least 30 ounces of alcohol—including six martinis, two vodka drinks, and cognac—in the ...

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