A woman filed suit against the City of Long Beach Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court for injuries incurred after she fell 100 feet to the ocean over a railing on The Queen Mary last September, seeking unspecified damages.
The woman, Lisa Wallerstein, cited the ship’s “unstable and inherently dangerous conditions” as reasons for filing suit. She named the city, the leaseholder Save the Queen LLC, and the vessel’s principal lender Garrison Investment Group LP as the focus of the lawsuit.
Representatives at the Long Beach City Attorney’s office were unavailable for comment regarding the matter at the time of publication.
At the time of her fall, the Post reported that the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) determined the woman climbed up and over the railing and slipped and fell as she attempted to climb back over.
LBPD Spokeswoman Claudia Lopez said the incident would not be investigated further as no crime was committed.
Wallerstein’s complaint alleges she sat on the decking side of the railings, facing the Observation Bar at an event last September. She then tried to reposition herself to climb down the deck while avoiding the anchor box.
Allegedly, when she reached to grasp a railing to support herself with her left hand, she lost her grip and fell over the railing, due to the aforementioned conditions.
The lawsuit states, “Ms. Wallerstein, lucky to be alive, was retrieved from the water by emergency personnel who transported her to the hospital, where she was treated for multiple right arm fractures as well as other debilitating injuries.”
The suit also claims management had prior knowledge of similar incidents on the ship, and was obligated to block off areas of the deck or warn guests of the ship’s hazardous high deck area, unsafe stars and low railings.
At the time of the incident, Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Jake Heflin said that a call came in at about 11:53PM and arriving units found a woman in the water.
They removed the woman from the water and provided medical assistance before transporting her to the hospital for further evaluation.
The LBFD has not released information about how far out the woman was found or if she swam away from the ship.
City News Service contributed to this report.