Update Nov. 14, 2018:
Newsweek also reports fatal accident on Maasdam:
The passengers was a 70-year-old-woman who fell from a tender platform into the sea. She was pulled back onto the tender platform and was initially conscious before losing consciousness again. She could not be revived. She passed away at 1.30 p.m. local time November 7.
Read the full article here: Elderly Passenger Dies After Falling From Cruise Ship in ‘Rough’ Seas
A message board posting at CruiseCritic.com and another at CruiseLawNews.com indicate that a passenger died in a tender accident, the small boat shuttle that ferries passengers to and from the cruise ship to shore. The accident occurred on Holland America’s Maasdam while the ship was in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
While it may be early, both websites are generally reliable sources of information.
While information can travel quickly, Massdam is about as remote as most cruise ships cruise…1,400 miles east of Fiji and 2,000 mile northeast of New Zealand in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Full details from this accident may take time to formalize.
If the Holland America owns the tender and the tenders are operated by the cruise line’s own employees, the cruise line could be directly responsible for that accident.
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