Le Télégramme reports that a British chef was found hanging in his cabin aboard the Crystal Serenity cruise ship.
The ship left Bordeaux yesterday for Brest. The crew member was found in his cabin Saturday morning.
The investigation and the autopsy reportedly will be held in Bordeaux.
This is the third alleged suicide by hanging of a crew member on a cruise ship in the six weeks.
On June 2nd we reported on the apparent suicide of a safety officer on the Disney Dream.
On June 3rd we mentioned the apparent suicide of a young woman employed in the Carnival entertainment department on the Carnival Sensation.
On July 3 we mentioned a Brazilian crew member who disappeared from the Norwegian Sun in Alaskka. NCL suggests that it’s a suicide.
Four crew member suicides in just 6 weeks?
Under U.S. maritime law, cruise lines are legally required to provide medical treatment to all crew members who suffer from any type of physical or emotional injury or sickness while working on the ship. The ships are required to provide psychiatric and.or psychological treatment, including ashore, if a crew member is suffering from depression or anxiety. The treatment must last, by law, until the crew member reaches his or her maximum medical improvement.
In our experience, the medical treatment for physical injuries is spotty at best. Ibuprofen is often the only "treatment." Medical care for emotional issues is virtually non-existent.
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Hat tip to Professor Ross Klein who first mentioned this incident on his CruiseJunkie site.
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