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Man Falls From Royal Caribbean Ship’s Sky Pad Ride! Can He Really Sue?

© Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS Sky Pad (top), a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience and court activity area aboard the newly renovated Royal Caribbean International Mariner of the Seas.

A man who was on board a Royal Caribbean cruise, said that he fell from the new bungee trampoline feature. It was on board the Mariner Of The Seas ship, the lawsuit was logged against the Miami-based cruise line.

While trying out the new feature last month, Casey Holladay, 25 years old, said that he suddenly fell approximately 20 feet from the ride, this according to WTVJ-Ch.6.

© Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS Sky Pad, a virtual reality, bungee trampoline experience aboard the newly renovated Royal Caribbean International Mariner of the Seas.

Holladay stated on the NBC station, “I just felt the momentum release from my body that I wasn’t being held by anything anymore, when I hit, all I really remember is the hit and the noise and the fear.”

The new feature aboard the cruise liner has been described as a “bungee trampoline experience” as stated on the company’s website. As the image pictured above shows, it actually resembles a large pickle ball, which is a plastic ball with holes in it. While inside the attraction, passengers put on a VR (virtual reality) headset and are then secured via a harness, that then allows them to bounce around, up and down and even perform flips.

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According to Casey Holladay’s attorney, Brett Rivkind, after the fall, Holladay suffered a fractured pelvis and was transported to the Jackson Memorial Hospital, located in Miami, after the ship returned to the dock early from its Bahamas cruise.

Rivkind told the Sun Sentinel that Hollaway was “on a cruise ship having the time of his life and he is a very adventurous outdoor active person, in a split second he is crashing to the ground.” A federal lawsuit was filled on March 12 seeking a total of $10 million.

For the next three months, Holladay is unable to bear any weight and has to take it day by day, said Rivkind, also adding that his client will be facing physical therapy and that he also has appointments with a psychologist due to depression.

Rivkind stated, that Holladay’s life was turned upside down after the fall. He is currently staying with his girlfriend in Sarasota, but he actually lives in Washington state.

Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres, in a statement, said that the company does not make comments on pending litigation. Torres stated that “We operate all our ships safely, professionally and responsibly.”

The Royal Caribbean Mariner Of The Seas, sails put of Miami on three and four night cruises to the Bahamas. They had a renovation last year totaling $120 million.

There is nothing on the cruise that states that passengers have to participate in the rides, this is at your own risk.