A newspaper in Brazil is reporting that a young man, age 19, died after "falling" from the MSC Orchestra cruise ship, anchored in Ilhabela, in the northern coast of São Paulo in the early morning hours today. The Federal Police of San Sebastian is investigating the incident.
Although MSC Cruises released a statement that it will wait for an official report, the cruise line is already blaming the passenger.
In a statement to the press, MSC Cruises said that it regretted the incident with the guest, but added that "Initial reports state that the victim acted recklessly, putting themselves in a situation of high risk and dangerousness." There is a reference in the cruise line statement to the passenger being in a "banned" location on the cruise ship.
The fall apparently was from the 14th deck of the ship. "He was rescued from the sea, but succumbed to his injuries and died, " the statement said.
The company said it took "all necessary action and is providing full support and solidarity to the family."
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