Cruise Passenger Dies in Accident on NCL's Private Island

August 29, 2009
Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas NCL

(1:44 p.m. EDT) -- A man was killed Thursday when he fell into the ocean off of Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line's private island.

According to a statement by the cruise line, a Norwegian Sky passenger and his wife were taking a walk along some rocks by the water's edge when the man fell into the water. After an extensive search, the man's body was recovered Friday morning. The ship returned to Miami on Friday after the four-night Bahamas cruise.

Cruise Critic member fivestringer was on the same sailing. He says that "just a few hours earlier we [were] at the same spot where the man slipped, having our picture taken with the ship in the background. That particular area is VERY rocky (volcanic rock). The volcanic rock is very, very sharp and footing is extremely tenuous. You have to watch each and every step you take. At the edge is a drop of 8 to 10 feet down to the water."

After the accident, crewmembers roped off the area and a search and rescue team employed jet skis, motorized boats and other small boats to search for the passenger. The ship's departure from Great Stirrup Cay was delayed for 2.5 hours due to the search. NCL confirms that they did everything they could to find the missing man as quickly as possible.

Our thoughts go out to the passenger's family.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor

Photo courtesy of Cruise Critic member fivestringer