The Carnival Liberty cruise ship has returned to South Florida after a 36-year-old female passenger was found unconscious in her cabin. Medical aide tended her on the cruise ship, but she was pronounced dead 2 hours later. The cruise was headed to St. Thomas at the time of the incident.
The FBI has launched an investigation into the woman’s death and they are waiting on the autopsy report. The passenger’s identity hasn’t been released.
According to San Juan FBI spokesman Harry Rodriguez, the incident could have been a homicide, it could be another factor, but they are still investigating the case right now. Michael Leverock, a spokesman for the FBI in Miami, noted that St. Thomas agents are handling the investigation.
Vance Gulliksen, a spokesman for Carnival Cruise Lines, said in a statement that evidence is pointing to the death being medical related. They aren’t able to release any specific details on the nature of the medical condition in respect to the privacy of their guests, he added.
This incident comes a week after the cruise line’s Carnival Splendor was stranded at sea due to an engine fire cutting off the power. The some 4,000 people on board had to do without air conditioning, working toilets and hot food. A Navy aircraft took them crates of water and food, which included spam. The ship was finally towed to San Diego by tugboats, and everyone arrived safely.
This just shows that anything can go wrong on a cruise ship – just like any other form of travel. This isn’t the first time that a passenger has died on board, while power outages have been experienced on other ships as well.
Originally Posted at: news.carrentals.co.uk