24 of 30 passengers get sick/food poisoning on the Independence

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rock&reel

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Greetings to all,
Just returned Friday, 8-28 from a 3 day trip on the Independence. We came up and killed the fish on the backside of Catalina but on Thursday, 8-27 the passengers were dropping like flys......vomiting,diarrhea, etc. The crew was aware but acted stupid when it came to a healthcare scare telling passengers it's probably a virus........I know they are young....but they can't be idiots! Anyways, waiting to hear from then owners of the boat today. I'll post the outcome
 

strackle99

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Yikes.

It will be interesting to see the outcome.

Long Rangers tend to be a litigious group, I hope it doesn't get to that.
 

Paul Ward

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they were not sea sick , conditions were stellar the end of last week
 

lamnidae

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That is not good. Definitely a health issue if 3/4 of the passengers get sick with the same symptoms. Decker shouldn't diagnosis something like that. Just get the people back.
 

NASTYHABTS26

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Been there done that, nothing worse than food poisoning while off shore.
 

Brad I

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I worked my way through school in restaurants, and one incident left a real impression on me. One summer in a higher end dinner house (the old Hungry Tiger chain) , the staff usually ate dinner around 5, before starting their shifts and things getting busy. One night they mostly ate fish from a recent delivery. They too started getting sick and the rest of the fish was pulled off the menu. The fish looked fine, smelled fine, and even tasted fine (I had a bit)e--no human sensory way to tell that there was a problem until too late. Must have been a problem with the processing. Anyway, there may be a problem, but it may have been something that the Independence simply couldn't predict or learn about until people started getting sick.
 

jer dog

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That is not good. Definitely a health issue if 3/4 of the passengers get sick with the same symptoms. Decker shouldn't diagnosis something like that. Just get the people back.
Its most likely a virus , It happened to me on a 5 day, lucky for me it was on the way home
but some guy came down with it during fishing, the thing is with the A C it goes thru each Stateroom
and that it how it spread's , shit happens ,that is something that the Boat has no control of
 

Joe Bal

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Its most likely a virus , It happened to me on a 5 day, lucky for me it was on the way home
but some guy came down with it during fishing, the thing is with the A C it goes thru each Stateroom
and that it how it spread's , shit happens ,that is something that the Boat has no control of
Come on A virus, Food poisoning for sure,
 
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stairman

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If 3/4 got sick and all the symptoms were the same,it shouldn't be hard to figure out if it was food.
 
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Hangfire

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Norovirus, the same thing that sweeps through cruise ships, highly contagious, diarrhea, vomiting, everything you described. It usually starts with someone not washing their hands after using the can, but once it gets going it goes airborne through vomiting (if someones yakking back off) and also through diarrhea, so with everyone sharing bathrooms your all doomed. The virus itself can survive on most surfaces for over 10 days so it's extremely difficult to contain. The good news is that it usually passes in 24-48 hours, at which point you are still contagious but feeling better and will be immune from that strain for the next year or so.

If you think it's bad out at sea try getting it out in the middle of no where. That happened to me last year on my Appalachian Trail hike, spent a cold miserable night laying on some god forsaken hillside out in the middle of the Tennessee wilderness going back and forth between 2 holes that I dug out out of the hard ground. Norovirus runs rampant through the trail every year, lots of dirty hikers in close contact with not enough hand washing.
 

fishfish

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I just got off the Mariners 3 dayer today on the Indy and we all seemed ok. Sorry to hear about your situation the trip prior.
 

Bold #7

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I too was on that boat 2 of the 24 got deathly sick. Food, water probable culprits not a/c.
Watching maybe 10 patrons of the 30 at the final dinner call ( others already in the rooms )
and all but 3 passing on dinner was eerie and sad. Saw the Captain talking with the kitchen crew, everybody was aware.
 

makairaa

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Its most likely a virus , It happened to me on a 5 day, lucky for me it was on the way home
but some guy came down with it during fishing, the thing is with the A C it goes thru each Stateroom
and that it how it spread's , shit happens ,that is something that the Boat has no control of
Pretty short incubation period for that many people to get it, only a 3 day trip. Sounds more like food poisoning. Most of the long range are pretty good with their galleys so I would assume it is an unfortunate incident, not a common event.
 

stangclassic66

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Norovirus, the same thing that sweeps through cruise ships, highly contagious, diarrhea, vomiting, everything you described. It usually starts with someone not washing their hands after using the can, but once it gets going it goes airborne through vomiting (if someones yakking back off) and also through diarrhea, so with everyone sharing bathrooms your all doomed. The virus itself can survive on most surfaces for over 10 days so it's extremely difficult to contain. The good news is that it usually passes in 24-48 hours, at which point you are still contagious but feeling better and will be immune from that strain for the next year or so.

If you think it's bad out at sea try getting it out in the middle of no where. That happened to me last year on my Appalachian Trail hike, spent a cold miserable night laying on some god forsaken hillside out in the middle of the Tennessee wilderness going back and forth between 2 holes that I dug out out of the hard ground. Norovirus runs rampant through the trail every year, lots of dirty hikers in close contact with not enough hand washing.
I just retired from Hiking and never hiked a day in my life after reading your post. lol :D
 

strackle99

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Norovirus has a very short incubation period... under 2 days.

But most likely the food/water.
 
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