Neuna Shah, 14 months old – Overboard Accident, MV Super Star Libra Passenger, November 21, 2006, Time of Death is unknown.
On November 21, 2006, fourteen month old baby, Neuna Shah, a U.S. ciitzen was on a cruise on board the Super Star Libra with her parents, Mehul Shah and Natasha Banerji. She drowned when crew members refused to provide her parents with an infant size life jacket during a rough sea disembarking into a launch that capsized. The ship was in rough seas when it attempted to disembark the family onto a launch, so they could travel to Kadmath island in Lakshadweep. Due to heavy rains and rough seas the small craft flipped over, and the baby drowned in the sea.
Mehul Shah said that he had complained to the crew that an “oversized” life jacket had been given to him for his daughter. When he insisted on a proper life jacket for her, he was told the crew did not provide life jackets or rain coats for infants, he said.
Neuna’s grieving parents sent a legal notice of claim to Starcruise in Malaysia and will file a suit for compensation on February 17, 2007.
Her parents are sueing the cruise line claiming the ship was negligence in the handling of the disembarking of passengers in the rough seas.
“I have sent emails to officials and am yet to get any response from them. I want justice for my daughter. Something like this should not happen to any other child,” he said.
As a result, an interim order was issued by Justice C N Ramachandran Nair on a petition filed by the baby’s parents and then when the vessel came into port, it was put under “arrest”, until the captain furnished a bank guarantee of Rs 10 lakh.
The court had directed the Lakshadweep port officer to arrest and detain the vessel, owned by Starcruises of Malaysia, when she arrives in any port under the control of Lakshadweep administration.