UPDATE: Cruise passenger suicide occurred in VI waters- RVIPF
“Police are investigating the suspected suicide of a male cruise passenger now that BVI Shipping Registry, Police and the cruise ship personnel have determined that the death, in fact, occurred in BVI waters early yesterday morning,” a press release from the RVIPF today, April 20, 2017 stated.
Police further said cruise agents had originally stated that the incident had occurred outside VI waters and therefore reports would be made to the last port of call which was St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
“Inquiries indicate that Norwegian Escape passenger, Daniel Godsey, 33, of Tennessee, USA, had left his room around 3:00 AM. Shortly after, closed circuit cameras showed him in midair descending toward the water. His body was recovered some time later by members of ship’s crew. The ship later arrived at the Cruise Pier in Road Town,” the press release stated.
Mr Godsey was reportedly travelling with his wife at the time of the incident.
Police said members of the BVI Tourist Board and the Crisis Intervention Team are providing the needed support to the wife of the deceased and the Coroner’s Office has been notified.
“Investigations are ongoing.”
See previous article published April 19, 2017
Cruise passenger allegedly leaps to death
Reports reaching our newsroom is that a cruise passenger leapt to his death while the vessel was on its way to the Virgin Islands (UK) from St Martin early this morning, April 19, 2017.
Information is sketchy as to whether the passenger jumped into the water or to a lower deck.
Initial information reaching our newsroom was that the cruise passenger plunged into the water; however, this could not be verified. Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) was contacted but could not immediately give any confirmation.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) did confirm; however, that it is investigating the death of a passenger on the vessel Norwegian Escape.
“Police did receive a report of the death of a male passenger on board a cruise ship while it was in transit to the VI. The circumstances surround his death are under investigation,” Police Information Officer Diane Drayton told Virgin Islands News Online.
The Norwegian Escape arrived in the Virgin Islands just before 9:00 AM.