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Norwegian Cruise Line Overboard Death Bermuda July 20, 2016

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Norwegian Breakaway Death Crew Lifeboat Drill Accident

Norwegian Cruise Line Overboard Death Bermuda July 20, 2016


Two Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) Norwegian Breakaway crew members died during a lifeboat safety drill in Bermuda. Diogenes Carpio, 41, and cruise ship waiter Ben Buenaventura both from the Philippines, died as a result of their injures. Carpio and Buenaventura were injured along with two other crew members around noon on July 20, 2016.

The four crew members were transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

Buenaventura had been transferred to the intensive care unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida, where he later died. He had been a waiter for Norwegian Cruise Line ships for ten years. The photo in the slider shows him and his wife on the dock, during a contract he had working aboard Norwegian Jade.

According to a Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesman, the lifeboat was left hanging from one wire after it broke free from the tethering, resulting in the four crew members falling into the water.

The Norwegian Breakaway arrived at Heritage Wharf in Dockyard earlier in the day from New York City. The cruise ship embarked from New York on Sunday, July 17, 2016, for a 7-day cruise to Bermuda.

A statement released by NCL the day of the incident was posted online, “On July 20 while Norwegian Breakaway was alongside in Bermuda, an incident occurred involving the ship’s rescue boat during a routine drill, affecting four crew members.

The ship’s medical team provided immediate care on-board the vessel and the crew members were transported to the local hospital for further medical treatment.

The company is providing full support and care to the crew members involved and is working closely with the relevant authorities to investigate the incident.”

Diogenes Carpio case has been added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website as well as Ben Buenaventura.

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