A P&O Cruises passenger died whilst on a scuba diving excursion in Tortola, according to an official company statement. The man, who has not been identified, was on a two-week Caribbean cruise aboard the 77,000-ton, 2,016-pasesnger Oceana, which departed from Barbados on 26 December.
At this point, the cause of death is unknown.
The man was on a shore excursion organised by P&O Cruises with a PADI dive school in Tortola. A P&O spokesperson could not tells us the name of the tour operator, but did say that onboard sales of that particular excursion have been suspended pending an investigation. The dive was for PADI certified and experienced divers only and was operated in full cooperation with PADI best practice and procedures.
P&O's statement says that "our thoughts and prayers are with the man's family and our Care team has been providing support and practical assistance."
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, with reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor