Teenager Dies After Scuba Diving Shore Excursion

April 20, 2012

(2:41 p.m. EDT) -- A 17-year-old male passenger on Carnival Pride died on April 8, four days after losing consciousness during a Carnival Cruise Lines-sponsored SCUBA diving excursion on Grand Turk on April 4, 2012.

"The 17-year-old American tourist got into difficulties while learning to dive under the supervision of highly trained and experienced instructors," reports a Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force statement. He was one of 16 participants in the excursion, supervised by three instructors and a Dive Master.

Brad Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force, told us in an e-mail that all four instructors were in the water at the time of the incident.

"The guest was treated at a hospital in Grand Turk and then airlifted to a medical facility in South Florida," according to a Carnival statement. "Sadly, on Sunday, April 8, the guest passed away."

Cruise Critic member Inside Cabin Cruiser's wife was on the excursion, and he posts on the message boards, "There was a fellow cruise member that performed CPR tirelessly on the boy, she should be thanked."

Carnival has suspended sales of the tour -- a Discover Scuba excursion operated by Oasis Divers -- while the death and the tour company are under investigation.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor