If this is in the midst of an epidemic, what would you do if you were cooperating in Canada, where government locking has been imposed in many areas.
Eugene Melnick, the owner of billionaire Ottawa senators, and his girlfriend thought they had an answer, according to cases recently received by CBC News: a super suite of $ 500,000 a week in the Bahamas, charter to spend the Christmas holidays with friends and family.
12 passengers, 60 meters M / O Dream boasts of its website Promises “a Zen interior with subtle and comfortable elegance” and “a warm and harmonious sea experience”.
But two of Melnick’s guests allege they got nothing, but the Caribbean cruise turned into a confrontation between the NHL owner and the British captain of the boat, the “panic attacks” and the “abuse” – now, the $ 10 million lawsuit.
The boat trip began on December 22nd, when Messinic, 61, and girlfriend Sherlyn Anderson made a dream trip from NASA, thinking of spending the first five days together before friends and family reunited after Christmas.
From the start, they didn’t beat it well with the superhero’s captain.
Both cases, filed by Anderson and another plaintiff in the United States last month, state that he was “a stinking, nasty man, who suffered with guests, was rejected and was utterly angry and abusive to the crew.” The captain “was easily active and seemed completely unfamiliar with the area, crew or ship.”
Captain Melnick tried to ‘punish’, the case says
It only got worse when Mesnik told the British captain that they wanted to go from NASA via an internal, more protected route to the chain of Bahamian Islands known as the Exuma Archipelago.
The captain “seemed angry and indignant that a swordsman would think he was infiltrating a special intellect, experience and power … Instead, he tried to punish the sailor and his allies by deliberately operating the aircraft into the open sea,” both claims of the claimant allege.
In fact, the reefs, shoals and shallow waters of the Great Bahamas Bank make this area tricky to navigate. Navigation charts Show depth from 2.4 to 6.4 meters. Defendants have not yet filed a lawsuit, but a lawyer for SuperSuit’s management company said it had a 3.6-meter draft.
“It would have been nice if the boat had been able to go on the domestic route,” lawyer Chris Ferdick of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Said in an interview. “But you can’t. It’s a physical impossibility.”
So, instead, the captain listed a route to the open sea, the lawsuits say. Without the protection of the Bahamian Islands, the boat would have been beaten by the full force of the Atlantic, causing a “10-15 hour trial” where Eugene Melnick and Anderson “violently fell ill and vomited overnight,” the lawsuit alleges.
The claims are false, the defendant says
The boat spent a few days in the calm inland waters before taking the rest of its passengers, Melnick’s mother, Barry’s Vera Melnick, ont. But the lawsuit alleges that they too were “subjected to” vomiting and disease violence “due to the captain’s” deliberate and irresponsible behavior. ”
The allegations are based on claims filed by Anderson and Vera Melnick in U.S. federal court in South Florida. They each seek $ 5 million for negligence, mistreatment, and deliberate emotional distress.
No claims were heard in court. Defendants include the captain and the boat-owning and operating companies.
Arrived in Florida by phone last week, Gurmeet Ahluwalia, One of five defendants and An agent for the two companies that own and manage the dream said the claims were false and that the captain was a professional with 20 years of experience.
“He was all over the world. Every charter he made praised him and his ability and ability. What a wonderful time they had with him,” Ahluwalia added. “Everyone wrote harsh comments about how good the charter was.” Melnick on the go.
‘Severe emotional distress’
The case is trying to show otherwise.
After the extra guests and family boarded, “the passengers were again subjected to several hours of rough travel, some of which had to crawl on all fours to allow them to walk safely on the decks of the ships,” the lawsuit said.
“The seas were so rough that an improperly secured deck chair on the upper deck of the ship collided with the glass partition above the dining area, raining pieces of broken glass that missed guests shortly after, but causing severe stress and the possibility of injury.”
Ferdick, a lawyer for the boat company, said strong winds were blowing in the Bahamas at the time and that the sea swell had hit two meters during the Melnik Charter but the boat was never in danger.
“I understand that Mr. Melnick regretted that the charter did not go as he thought, but the wind blew 35 miles-an hour every day.”
When the boat finally calmed down on Gate Island, the captain suggested it would be a better place for some beach time, cases say. “Passengers noticed signs warning them not to swim in the water due to sharks.”
The lawyer says the captain ‘did what he could’
Finally, on New Year’s Day, the private Caribbean cruise came to an end. Cases say the passengers planned to land on Exuma Island and fly home, but the captain refused to let anyone off the boat, citing rough seas.
Instead, he is said to have insisted on an 18-hour return to NASA, back across the open sea, to “false imprisonment”, resulting in “panic attacks, shock, and fear of drowning.” [and] Fear of any kind of ships. “
Ferdick stressed the captain’s decision to end the bad weather and the need to keep everyone safe.
“I think he did what he could. You know they were all safe. The boat was safe,” he said. “The weather was bad, and the boats were, unfortunately, unstable sites floating in unstable media.”
He provided copies of two pages from the ship’s guest book with entries written by Melnick’s family and friends.
“What a wonderful way to celebrate the start of the new year 2021! You all are amazed! We had a fantastic time,” says a post dated January 1st.
“Thank you so much for making this a great experience! It’s a wonderful way to start the new year,” Ferdick said, as “The Melnik Group”, signed by another, was written by Sherdlin Anderson.
‘Not subject to Canadian public health regulations’
Melnick and Anderson, who live in Toronto, said the boat was misplaced as they tried to “escape their Canadian isolation and spend the holidays with family and friends.”
By the time they planned the trip, in mid-December, much of south-central Ontario was under a provisionally ordered COVID-19 lockdown, or one step down, classified as a “red” zone. The federal and provincial governments have been advising against unnecessary travel for months, and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tom Begged the Canadians Don’t make unnecessary trips around the holidays.
But Melnick told the CBC News he did not violate any health ethics or rules.
He has been a resident of Barbados since the 1990s, when he was a Canadian citizen who owned Ottawa senators.
In a statement by a lawyer on the NHL board, Melnick said he went home to Barbados in mid-December and did not travel from Canada to the Bahamas for a boat trip.
“Any travel from his Barbados home is, for no reason, subject to Canadian public health regulations,” the statement said.
According to Melnick’s girlfriend and mother, a lawyer representing them in the lawsuit said the federal government does not really prevent anyone from going abroad.
“At all times, Michael Bowe sent an email to the CBC,” Ms Anderson and Ms. Melnick fully complied with all public health regulations in Canada and abroad. “