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Woman sues Carnival after falling overboard while drunk

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A woman who fell overboard on a Carnival cruise ship is now suing because she said a bartender encouraged her to get drunk.

In the lawsuit, Sarah Kirby said she got "extremely intoxicated" while sitting at the bar on the Carnival Destiny cruising to Jamaica last year.

"To encourage the plaintiff and her companions to buy more Long Island iced teas, the Carnival bartender offered them free $5 coupons for the ship's casino. The more drinks they purchased, the more free coupons the Carnival bartender offered the plaintiff and her companions," the lawsuit states.

Kirby later fell seven stories into the water without a life jacket. She hit a life boat on the way down and was severely injured.

Her friends and other witnesses saw what happened and reported it, but Kirby claims it took the captain 90 minutes to turn the boat around. Even after she was rescued, the captain refused to airlift her to Miami for treatment, she said in the lawsuit.

Defense attorney Jonna Spilbor and Fox News legal analyst Arthur Aidala debated the case on Fox and Friends Weekend.

Spilbor said bartenders on land are liable for serving visibly drunk people. Those on the boat should be liable too.

"So there's no more personal responsibility, folks? You go out, get bombed, dive overboard and it's the ship's fault? Way to go, America," Aidala responded.

Kirby is asking for punitive damages for negligence and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Her lawsuit names Carnival Corp., as well as four individuals.

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