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Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Cruise passengers seriously injured after tour bus crash


A tour bus carrying 32 Carnival cruise passengers has crashed in the Bahamas.

The bus was taking the passengers from Carnival Ecstasy on a tour when it crashed near Rock Sound, Eleuthera.

Five passengers, all from the US, have been kept in hospital, including four who were airlifted to a Fort Lauderadel hospital because of their injuries. One was airlifted to a hospital in Nassau in the Bahamas.

They were on an excursion during a five-day Bahamas cruise, which departed from Princess Cays on June 22.

"All guests were seen at the local medical clinic and 28 have been cleared to return to the ship," Carnival said. It said guests were being looked after by its care team.

Four passengers sustained injuries too serious to be treated in the Bahamas. Injuries include fractures, internal injuries and potential paralysis. They were airlifted to a Fort Lauderdale medical facility.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated. No other vehicles were involved.

"In the meantime, the Cathedral Cove, Ocean Hole and Rock Sound island tour has been suspended," the cruiseline said. The cruise will complete its published itinerary.

The accident follows another tour bus crash in St. Maarten at the weekend involving passengers on an independent tour from Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas.

The vehicle came off the road and was partly submerged in water, injuring one cruise ship passenger.

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