nypost.com- A Carnival Cruise tour bus carrying 32 passengers on a shore excursion wrecked in the Bahamas on Monday, sending five people to the hospital, four with critical injuries, officials said.
Air Force and Coast Guard crews had to airlift the hurt individuals to medical centers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Nassau, the Bahamian capital, due to their injuries being “too severe,” according to agency officials.
No other vehicles were involved in the morning accident, which saw the bus crash and flip over near Rock Sound, Eleuthera, which is about 20 minutes north of Princess Cays. Everyone on board was said to have been guests from the Carnival Ecstasy. The ship is on a five-day cruise after sailing out of Jacksonville, Florida, on June 22.
It’s unclear what sparked the rollover.
“The cause of the accident is being investigated,” Carnival said in a statement. “In the meantime, the Cathedral Cove, Ocean Hole, and Rock Sound Island Tour, along with all excursions by this tour operator, have been suspended.”
Cruise line officials said “all guests on the bus were seen at a local medical clinic and 28 were cleared to return to the ship.”
A Coast Guard spokesman told The Post that of the five people who were hospitalized, four had to be medevacked due to their critical injuries. The fifth was said to be a family member who arrived in Fort Lauderdale with the others and was “subsequently admitted to the hospital.”
Three of the injured are US citizens, according to the Coast Guard.
One was transported to Nassau’s Doctors Hospital aboard a Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter, while the others were flown to Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale on an Air Force C-130.
The Carnival Ecstasy was able to depart Princess Cays “as planned” on Monday night and was expected to “complete its published itinerary as planned,” the company said.