The ship perform a severe maneuver allegedly to avoid a large buoy that "was adrift and mostly submerged, thereby preventing it from being detected by the ship's radar." It is unclear why the buoy was not seen by the crew prior to the pint where an emergency turn was required, causing the list. It is also unclear why the ship was designed such that such a severe listing could occur through steering input, given the high risk of injury from severe listing.
Similar to the Crown Princess cruise ship listing accident several years ago, pools emptied and debris became airborne as the boat began to severely heel.Passengers lost their foot or were otherwise thrown to the low side of the ship, suffering injuries ranging from bruising to more serious injuries.
Traverse Legal's cruise ship attorneys represented the largest number of Crown Princess passengers in the 2007 listing accident.