Carnival Cruise Ship Passenger Dies After Jet Ski Accident

Grand Cayman Cruise Ship
Photo By: James Willamor (Creative Commons)

A male passenger has died from a Jet Ski accident during a port of call visit in Grand Cayman on Wednesday 15th April.

Local Cayman News Service reports that the 31-year-old American cruise passenger named Robert Cole was from the Carnival Conquest cruise ship. Apparently Cole and his 37-year-old female companion named Amy Comer were taking a Jet Ski ride on Grand Caymans popular Seven Mile beach near the Westin Hotel.

At around 1pm a 15-year-old boy from New York was also making a port of call visit from the Carnival Paradise. The boys Jet Ski collided with Coles but it’s not yet clear how the accident occurred and who was at fault. The boy got a minor nose injury from the accident and Cole’s female passenger only got a small injury. Robert Cole was taken to a local hospital after receiving urgent care on shore. Sadly he later died in Hospital from his injuries.

An investigation has been launched by local authorities. The local news site also mentions that the boy may have t-boned the other Jet Ski and it’s also not yet clear if this was a shore excursion from Carnival Cruise Line or a local unofficial tour. The teenager was with his father and three brothers at the time.

Carnival Conquest is one a 6-day Western Caribbean cruise that is scheduled to arrive back its homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 18th. The Carnival Paradise is sailing a 5-day Western Caribbean cruise and will arrive back at its homeport of Tampa, Florida also on April 18th.