Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Cruise News
Home > Cruise News Archive > Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Passenger Dies After Bermuda 'Helmet Dive'
Date Published: June 9, 2011
More current news for Royal Caribbean International:
Royal Caribbean's Next Oasis-Class Cruise Ship to Feature Neighborhoods, Waterslides, Bionic Bar

Royal Caribbean International Profile and Reviews
Latest Cruise News Headlines
Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Passenger Dies After Bermuda 'Helmet Dive'
(1:40 p.m. EDT) -- A 52-year-old female cruise passenger on a helmet-diving excursion in Bermuda died on Tuesday. The woman, whom Bermuda police named as Donna Zapata, was on a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Royal Caribbean said in a statement that Zapata had been participating in a ship-sponsored shore excursion. Helmet diving is a shallow water activity in which participants wear airtight helmets connected to tubes carrying a steady stream of oxygen.

The statement said that excursion crew provided initial care, including CPR, until Zapata was transported by ambulance to the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Bermuda, where she was pronounced dead.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Bermuda police said an investigation into Zapata's death is underway. An autopsy will be performed on the deceased during the course of this week.

Bermuda Maritime Operations told The Royal Gazette on Tuesday evening that Zapata had turned blue and had died of a suspected heart attack.

--by Dan Askin, News Editor

Cruise News Headlines
More Royal Caribbean International News
Royal Caribbean International Reviews
Royal Caribbean International Deals

About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.