Wednesday February 21, 2007, Carnival Liberty called at Limon, Costa Rica. A group of 12 elderly passengers aboard organized an excursion into Limon to visit the local beach.
While they were there, a group of three men accosted the group, one with a handgun, two others with knives attempted to rob the group. One cruise ship passenger, an ex-military man, decides to fight the attackers off, grabbed Warner Segura who had the gun, put him into a headlock, and snapped his neck.
Now, with one thief having a broken neck, the other two thieves fled, leaving their cohort in crime to die on the beach. The passengers sought medical aid for the gunman, but they were unable to do anything for him.
The Red Cross said they treated Warner Segura without success, and also treated a cruise passenger for an anxiety attack.
The cruise line said the guests were questioned by local law enforcement and then returned to the ship, whose departure from Limon was slightly delayed to await their return. Carnival Liberty, continued on its scheduled itinerary, with a port call scheduled in Colon, Panama.
According to Luis Hernandes, chief of police of Limon, no chargers were filed against the cruise ship passengers as they were the real victims in this crime. "They were in their right to defend themselves after being held up," Hernandez said. Hernandez said Segura had previous charges against him for assaults.
There was a hero in this group, that might have saved the lives of 12 people, yet nobody will name him, is simply unheard of.
We applaud this man for risking his life to save his fellow passengers.
He is a hero.
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