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One dead as Nassau Blue Lagoon shore excursion ferry swamps

This file photo shows a Royal Caribbean ship appproaching Nassau, where the Blue Lagoon is a popular shore excursion
One passenger died after a Nassau Blue Lagoon ferry carrying passengers on a Royal Caribbean excursion submerged in rough seas.

The incident, reported by the Associated Press, the Nassau Guardian and the Royal Caribbean Blog, a knowledgeable fan site not officially affiliated with the cruise line, occurred Nov. 14.

Passengers jump into the water

According to the blog, the double-deck catamaran took on water in rough seas and tipped as it approached Blue Lagoon island. Videos on TikTok and X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, showed the boat slowly listing and passengers in life jackets crowding to one side and jumping into the water.

Police and pleasure boats assisted in the rescue.

Royal Caribbean statement

Royal Caribbean gave this statement to Seatrade Cruise News: 'We are saddened to hear that one of our guests passed away following an accident on a shore excursion in Nassau, The Bahamas. Our hearts are with the families involved and our care team has been activated to support them during this difficult time.'

The company did not answer questions about how many passengers were on the ferry.

Citing Nassau police, the AP said more than 100 passengers were aboard the catamaran, and the person who died was a Colorado woman, 74.

Suspension and investigation

The Nassau Guardian said there were 'roughly 140 passengers' and that the Bahamas Ministry of Transport suspended Blue Lagoon island's ferries pending a multi-agency investigation of the incident.