Reisterstown Woman Dies On Cruise

Cruise Ship Passengers Sustain Injuries
Cruise Ship Passengers Sustain Injuries

A 71-year-old Reisterstown woman on an ocean cruise with her husband has died while snorkeling near Freeport, Bahamas. Carol Martin Olson was a passenger aboard the Carnival Pride with her husband, Harry A. Olson, which sailed from Baltimore April 25.

She was among a group of passengers who went on a snorkeling trip to Deadman’s Reef, a popular snorkeling reef off the coast of Freeport. A statement issued by the cruise line said: “The guest had been participating in a snorkeling tour provided by a third-party shore excursion operator, and sold through the ship. The snorkeling tour has been suspended until further notice.”

Carnival would not answer any questions about the incident, and referred queries to Bahamian authorities. “I can tell you that we have worked with this particular shore tour operator for more than 10 years,” de la Cruz wrote.

Cruise Ship Passengers Sustain Injuries On Razor Sharp Coral

“This was an extremely unusual and tragic situation and we … have suspended the tour and will be taking a close look at the details surrounding what transpired.” The snorkeling trip was supposed to be a moderate activity excursion but the snorkelers were quickly swept away from the boat in strong ocean current, and the waves were extremely rough, many sustained injuries on the sharp coral.

The rough ocean conditions quickly taxed the energy of even the youngest and strongest members of the group. One witness, a cruise ship passenger who tried to revive Mrs. Olson said the snorkelers were quickly overwhelmed by the strong ocean currents .

“I am in fairly decent condition,” said 52-year-old Robert Limmer of Timonium, a passenger from the Carnival Pride. He and others from the group found they were struggling to swim against the current and to keep from getting cut on the sharp coral. “I knew after 20 minutes in the water I needed to return to the boat.”

Cruise Ship Passenger’s Injury Ends In Death

Limmer noticed that several of the passengers were really struggling against the current, including Carol Olson. When Carol was pulled from the water, she was unconscious and not breathing. A fellow passenger had noticed her floating in the water, although others said she may have been yelling for help before she tired.

As many as eight passengers took turns administering CPR to Olson for more than an hour while the boat made its way back to Freeport. Olson was later pronounced dead. A spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Lines said “a female guest” died on April 30, but she would not confirm the victim’s name “in deference to their personal privacy.”

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Olson’s identity had been provided to the media by another passenger on the excursion.  A Funeral Chapel in Reisterstown said Olson was born in Folcroft, Pa., and worked as an executive secretary. She managed her husband’s company, Maximum Potential Inc., from its founding in the late 70s, and she was active in her church.

Carol Olson’s husband suffered an emotional cruise ship injury when he lost his beloved wife. If you or a loved one have been injured while on a cruise ship please contact a qualified personal injury lawyer today at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.

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