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Sarasota man sues Royal Caribbean after falling from bungee attraction

Posted at 5:09 PM, Mar 20, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. — Several surgeries later, a Sarasota man is recovering after a traumatic accident aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in February — that he says could have been prevented.

Cellphone video captured by his girlfriend shows Casey Holladay, 26, tumble two stories to the ship's deck after the bungee rope apparently snaps on the "Skypad" attraction.

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“Scared, fear. All the sudden, I’m on the ground not sure if I could walk ever again,” he said.

Right now, Holladay can’t even walk.

“I’m up there pretty high, maybe 20-to-25 feet. You just kind of feel like a momentum release and it just kind of gives,” said Holladay.

Holladay shattered his pelvis, dislocated his shoulder and bruised his ribs.

Something went wrong with the “Skypad” attraction billed as part bungee cord and part trampoline.

Now, Holladay is suing Royal Caribbean in federal court alleging safety risks could have been prevented by properly training staff and checking equipment.

"There was no waiver signed and they didn’t give any safety briefing. They just asked how much I weighed,” said Holladay.

He spent nine days in a Miami hospital and wasn’t sure at first if he’d be able to walk again.

"Snowboard, wake-board, long board,” said Holladay.

He loves to do it all on vacation.

Royal Caribbean sent ABC Action News a written statement saying: “We do not comment on pending litigation. We operate all our ships safely, professionally, and responsibly.”