The Royal Gazette newspaper in Bermuda reports that a 79 year old cruise passenger died on Sunday while snorkeling about one mile offshore off the West End.
The newspaper indicates that man was a US citizen from Carnival’s Fantasy cruise ship, and part of a tour group. He was found in a “unresponsive state” in the water.
A member of Carnival Cruise Lines "guest care team" reportedly was meeting with the victim’s family.
The comments to the article raise the issue whether the tour company had a policy in place requiring passengers to wear personal floatation devices (PFD’s).
This is the second death of a cruise passenger in the waters of Bermuda recently. In June 2011, a passenger from Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas died after going on a "helmet diving" in excursion with Hartley’s Bell Diving off of Bermuda. You can read that tragedy in Royal Caribbean Passenger Dies During Diving Excursion in Bermuda
September 22, 2011 Update:
The passenger has been identified as Joe Alston.