The international press is reporting that Gahadhar Pradhan, a crew member (waiter) from P&O’s Aurora cruise ship, was pistol-whipped over the head and shot during a mugging while ashore in Philipsburg, on the Caribbean island of St Maarten.
We first learned of the incident via the cruise blogs by Captain Greybeard in the U.K.
The crew member was shot in the buttocks, while apparently in an area consisting of "gentleman’s clubs," which may tend to make the crime a tad tawdry or humorous depending on how you would like to view it.
But a matter like this is deadly serious, particularly considering that the local police said "crew members from visiting cruise ships had been attacked on a number of occasions . . . " This apparently was the first time a crew member had been shot.
The best source for the story is a local newspaper in St. Maarten, which contains photos (left) of the crime scene.
We have written many blog posts about violence, and murders, involving cruise passengers and crew members in the Caribbean islands – Crimes in the Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call. Just last week, NBC ran a story on the Today Show about crimes against cruise tourists in the Caribbean islands.
Photo credit: St. Martin News Network