Holidaymaker on dream cruise voyage dies suddenly ‘while swimming’
A cruise ship passenger has died while swimming near the shores of the “haunted” Mystery Island in the Pacific Ocean, according to local reports. The person was a holidaymaker who had been voyaging on a Carnival Australia cruise in Vanuatu when they died.
Mystery Island is a tiny uninhabited islet near to Aneityum in Vanuatu, in the western Pacific Ocean.
The official name of the island, given by locals, is Inyeug. It is understood to be considered taboo to live on the island and anybody who visits the island typically comes from Aneityum, which has a population of 1,200.
Carnival Australia said in a statement: “Carnival Cruise Line is deeply saddened by the death of a guest on Mystery Island, following what appears to be a medical situation whilst swimming.
“Our Care Team are supporting the guest’s family along with other guests during this difficult time.”
Australian broadcaster 7News was told by another passenger that the person died while snorkelling on Mystery Island.
The Carnival Splendour ship was in the middle of a 9-day route through the south pacific when the incident happened.
The trip started in Sydney on Monday, 15 May and is expected to arrive back in Sydney tomorrow (24 May).
According to local legend, Mystery Island was considered sacred and only used for certain ceremonial purposes. Folklore also suggests it was haunted by spirits although today it is a popular tourist destination known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life.
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