A number of newspapers are reporting that a Carnival cruise passenger from Philadelphia died while paragliding during a stop in Cozumel.
The South Asian Mail reports that Mr. Joseph Job (Sajan), age 40, was paragliding with friends in Mexico when his harness broke and he fell into the sea.
Mr. Job was a native of Thrissur, Kerala and became a U.S. citizen.
The Web Malayalee newspaper indicates that Mr. Job is survived by his wife and daughters.
Every year many cruise passengers are killed or seriously injured during excursions in ports of call. We have seen many accidents involving parasailing, zip-lining, snorkeling, diving, and renting jet skis in Mexican and Caribbean ports of call. Compounding the issue is the generally inferior medical and rescue services in these ports.
It is unknown whether the paragliding excursion was advertised and sold by Carnival.
Update: February 12, 2010:
Cruise Critic contains a comment by a reader that the passenger was from the Carnival Imagination cruise ship. The reader was apparently the first one to notify the family and Carnival:
"Incident happened at around 5:00 and Carnival reacted at 7:30 PM. We informed on the emergency number given on Carnival Capers. Carnival Imagination security team acknowledge that there local agent (emergency no. on Capers is of this agent) goofed up in Cozumel."
Photograph of Mr. Joseph Job (Sajan) South Asian Mail