Tuesday 26th February, 2019-A cruise ship passenger has died in what is believed to be a drowning in the waters at Dickenson Bay.
The name of the passenger was not revealed, but reports are he is a citizen of the United Kingdom.
According to reports, the man and his wife both in their 70s had visited Antigua on a cruise in 2018 as part of their 50th wedding anniversary. Having fallen in love with the island and the waters that surround it, he reportedly vowed to return and so the husband and wife booked another cruise.
They arrived in Port St. John’s on Monday aboard P&O Cruises Azura and journeyed to Dickenson Bay. The elderly man reportedly swam some distance out into the sea and was heading back to shore when he began experiencing difficulties. He was subsequently retrieved from the water, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead. The incident occurred sometime after 1pm on Monday.
An autopsy is expected to be conducted to determine the exact cause of death, after which the man’s body will be flown back to the UK to his family.
Tourism officials including Minister Charles Fernandez have visited the man’s wife and have offered condolences.
She is expected to return home this evening.