GEISMAR, La. - Brant Aymond’s paddle boarding accident on a coral reef in Honduras turned his and his wife’s honeymoon cruise over Thanksgiving week into a bloody, painful experience.
“It’s just unfortunate. I fell off and there was a piece of coral that came right up under the water that I didn’t see. So, I landed right on it” and it sliced the soles of both feet, Aymond said.
“There was a lot of blood hit the water,” added his wife, Danielle. “So that’s what freaked me out, and we were probably 3-400 yards from shore.”
A relay of good Samaritans hired rowboats and taxis took two and a half hours to get the erstwhile happy couple back to the port in Roatan, where their 2,400-passenger cruise ship, the Norwegian Pearl, was anchored for the day.
“And you know, there we had to make a decision,” Brant said. “Do you want to go to a Honduran clinic, or do you want to get back to the boat? So, based on the fact that we had purchased (extra medical) insurance, I was very confident that getting back to the boat was absolutely the best bet.”
What happened next, however, has the Aymonds rethinking that decision and dismayed about the quality of cruise line medical care.