In a catastrophic incident, a ferry transporting cruise ship passengers to Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas began sinking in rough waters, tragically leading to the death of a 75-year-old American woman from Colorado.
The alarming event unfolded on Tuesday, with footage revealing passengers in panic, clinging to the tilting vessel. Some were seen falling off the unbalanced ferry, while others desperately plunged into the choppy ocean to escape.
Chaos and Rescue Efforts Amidst the Disaster
The crew’s inability to provide clear instructions due to their distress exacerbated the chaotic situation, as American tourist Kelly Schissel recounted. Passengers managed to don life jackets and move to the ferry’s upper deck. However, even with life jackets, many struggled to stay afloat in the turbulent waters.
Rescue efforts commenced quickly, with passengers gathered safely by nearby boats, including one manned by a fisherman in the area by chance. Once ashore at Blue Lagoon, Kelly took the initiative to ensure a headcount was conducted at a nearby pavilion.
The name and cause of death of the elderly woman have not been released. In the aftermath, two other passengers required hospital treatment. The ferry, part of a tour operator’s package for cruise lines docking in the Bahamas, had left Paradise Island in Nassau at 9:20 AM and encountered unexpected waves less than two hours into the journey.
The accident raises questions about the safety measures and preparedness of such excursions in the face of natural challenges at sea.