Student Stabbed
Photo: Jovan Spasic Spale (Facebook)

It’s being reported by Blic that a 23-year-old Serbian student named Jovan Spasic was stabbed four times. The incident occurred on a Mediterranean based cruise ship which sailed from Barcelona, Spain in the early hours of last Tuesday morning but this is not yet confirmed.

According to the site there was an altercation between a group of students and another passenger who was also from Serbia.. There are also reports that alcohol played a part during an open deck party onboard. Spasic got involved by trying to calm a person down who was holding a knife. It all went wrong when the attacker named Aleksandar Stojanović, a 28-year-old from Krusevac In Serbia embraced the victim before stabbing him four times in the stomach. Spasic was taken to the ship’s medical center immediately to receive urgent medical care.

The victim’s father named Dragan Spasic told the Blic site the following:

My Jovan received four stab wounds in the stomach with a knife, he hurt his liver and because of the large loss of blood and severe injury is an emergency surgery. From the moment when he was wounded to the hospital has been more than 20 hours, he lost a liter and a half of blood! At least seven days will not be able to be transported for further recovery in Serbia.

The ship which is currently unknown was sailing towards Civitavecchia, Rome as part of a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, Spain. Spasic was transferred to a Hospital in Rome and then later transferred to his home country of Serbia. The victim lost a lot of blood and damaged his liver but thankfully is out of danger and in a stable condition.

Around 1,500 students from around Serbia were sailing a graduation cruise which was booked through a local travel agent. Cruise Hive has contacted the cruise line for any further details and will update this post once we hear back.