Bermuda Gang Attacks RCI Crewmembers

April 26, 2007
Five crewmembers from Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas were assaulted by a group of locals in Bermuda early on Tuesday.

The crewembers were returning to the ship after visiting a local Bermuda disco at the time of the scuffle -- approximately 3:30 a.m. on April 24. Four of the five crewmembers sustained minor injuries; according to Royal Caribbean spokesman Michael Sheehan, one remains in a Bermuda hospital (and will likely be there for a few more days) with fractured ribs, but is in stable condition.

Police told the Royal Gazette that the crewman with broken ribs was pushed into the sea; other injuries sustained by the male ship staffers included cuts and bruises.

According to an official statement from the line, the attackers were local gang members. However, Dwayne Caines, a spokesman for the Bermuda Police, told the Royal Gazette that the incident was not believed to be connected to any organized gang -- but that violence toward visitors would not be tolerated regardless: "It's not gang-related but that doesn't make it any less important." Local authorities say this is an isolated incident.

The ship was docked at King's Wharf, the port of choice for bigger ships, often referred to as the West End or the Royal Naval Dockyard.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor