A cruise ship accident that occurred on April 9 in St. Thomas, Louisiana is being investigated by a team of state and federal authorities.
A crew member died from COVID-19, which is a virus spread by coughing, sneezing, or touching surfaces contaminated with COVID.
According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, the cruise ship had been in port when a ship maintenance worker aboard the ship had a seizure.
The worker had contracted COVID from an infected passenger aboard the cruise liner and died on the ship.
St. Croignians Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause of death.
The ship has since been moved to St. Joseph, Mississippi, and will reopen on July 15, when the cruise ships scheduled for the same port have been removed.
According to state officials, the death is the result of COVID exposure to an infected person aboard the St-Thomas cruise ship.
The ship is owned by Carnival Cruises.
According the cruise lines website, the St Croix Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Wasp, and the Coast Guard Marine Unit of the U,S.
Customs and Border Protection are investigating the incident.
The Coast Guard is also assisting with the investigation by the state.
A Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson told ABC News that Carnival was in the process of reopening the cruise line, and that it is “working with local authorities to fully support our team as we investigate this tragic accident.”
Carnival says it has a strict infection control policy, including “a strict anti-COVID protocol.”
“Carnivals highest priority is the safety of our guests and crew members.
We will not be making any further comment at this time,” the company said in a statement.
The cruise ship was carrying about 1,600 passengers and crew from New Orleans to St Thomas.
The cruise line says that the ship’s maintenance crew were “trying to ensure all of our ships cargo had been inspected and sanitized.”
Consequences of a Cruise Ship Accident with CNV Source: Cruise lines cruise ships covids, cruise ship hospitals,cruse ships covID,cruiser ship hospital source Breitbart Facebook post by Chris Christie on May 4, 2018 at 1:06pm PDTIn an update to their Facebook page, Carnival Cruise Lines said, “We are in the midst of an internal investigation and will provide updates when more information becomes available.”
“We will share the full facts as they become available,” the post continued.
Carnies statement said the company is working with local and federal government officials.
The company said that there are no immediate plans to suspend or cancel cruise ships, but that they are working with state and local officials to fully cooperate with their investigation.
Carnieston says its ship, the Wasp and its crew will be returned to port on May 15.