P&O Cruises have confirmed the sad news of the death of a passenger from Azura in Dominica yesterday (9th November) after a bus they were travelling on was involved in a collision. The bus was carrying 12 passengers on board, 10 of which were from Azura, when the accident happened on the Caribbean island.
P&O Cruises have assured family and friends that they are giving the best possible support and care to those who have been affected by the accident and their specialist CARE team have been deployed to help with the situation. The cruise line have also released the following statement from Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises Senior Vice President:
“We’d like to advise you of some very sad news. A bus operated by a shore excursion provider was involved in a collision in Dominica on Wednesday lunchtime. The bus was carrying 12 passengers, including 10 guests from Azura. The cause of the accident is not yet known.
One passenger has sadly died of their injuries. Another 9 passengers were injured and treated at a local hospital, with the majority now discharged. The names of the guests involved in the incident have not been released. P&O Cruises representatives are on-site at the hospital to support the injured. Next of kin have been informed.
We have activated our Care team to help those affected by the accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone touched by this tragic event. Our employees and crew are working to do everything we can to extend support and assistance to those affected and their loved ones,”
The names of those injured and the person who has sadly passed away have not yet been released.
Azura is currently on a 14 night Transatlantic re-positioning cruise to the Caribbean after departing Southampton on the 28th October. The ship had also previously developed a mechanical fault in the Azores at the beginning of the cruise where she was forced to spend a night in port whilst a part was flown to the ship. Departing more than 24 hours late, she maintained her schedule of reaching their second port of call in St Maarten.
Cruisemarsh would like to extend our sadness at this news and to send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of the person who has sadly died.