Several newspapers are reporting that a cruise ship passenger died during a snorkeling excursion while visiting the Caribbean island of Dominica.
The incident involves a cruise passenger from Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas cruise ship. The local police say that Jim Caves of Riverside, California, was aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas cruise ship, which docked today in Dominica. The news accounts suggest that Mr. Caves complained about feeling sick while snorkeling at a nearby beach with his wife and other family members. He was later pronounced dead. There is not explanation offered regarding exactly what happened.
It is currently unknown whether the excursion was booked independently or through the cruise line.
December 20. 2012 Update: Cruise Critic states that the passenger was on the "Champagne Snorkeling" ship-sponsored excursion, Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, told Cruise Critic, "when he began to experience breathing difficulties while snorkeling. He was transported to a local area hospital where sadly he passed away."