Sad news. Cruise passenger Janet Richardson, who was dropped from off of a stretcher while rescue staff tried to transfer her from the Ocean Countess cruise ship to a rescue vessel, died in the hospital in the U.K.
Ms. Richardson suffered from some medical problems and apparently was experiencing internal bleeding when a decision was made to take her to hospital by a rescue vessel. We have reported on the disastrous circumstances which thereafter followed in prior articles.
The news sources we have read indicate that she remained in the freezing waters from 4 to 8 minutes. An autopsy may indicate whether her death was due to her illness or the shock of the fall and exposure to freezing water.
According to the U.K. press, Ms. Richardson’s husband, George, said: “Janet died peacefully on Thursday night in the Cumberland infirmary with her family and friends around her."
The cruise ship was operated by Cruise and Maritime voyages. A spokesperson for the cruise operator told the U.K. press: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the richardson family at this sad time.”
We first learned of Ms. Richardson’s passing when her niece left a message on our YouTube site which has a video regarding the incident:
"This is my auntie . . . such a lovely kind and very caring person who will be greatly missed, we all love you so much . . ."
Photo credit: Patrick Hill via BBC News