A gruesome death on a Carnival Ecstasy cruise liner left a number of passengers shocked and sickened at the horrifying discovery. An electrician, working inside of one of the lifts, was crushed against the shaft wall when the elevator came down – with a passenger inside. The resulting scene – blood pouring down the front of the elevator doors – was a sight right out of a horror movie.
Writes USA Today on Dec. 31, via MSN News: “On Sunday, Jose Sandoval Opazo, 66, who worked as an electrician onboard the ship, was killed while working on an elevator. Matt Davis of Fort Meyers, Fla., said he and his family boarded the Carnival Ecstasy in Miami on Christmas Day. On Sunday evening, they were on their way to dinner when they saw blood streaming down the doors of an elevator.”
Matt and Susan Davis said their first two nights on board the 850-foot Carnival Ecstasy were all they thought it would be. On the third night, as they were making their way to dinner on the ship’s tenth floor, they witnessed the horrific aftermath of the electrician’s death. A man was inside the elevator when it opened on the Davis’ floor – and had to run through the pouring blood to get out.
“To look and see the elevator with blood just coming down like a sheet, and not stopping… it was a real life scene of The Shining,” Matt Davis said, referring to the 1980 horror film, adding that they could smell the “rainfall” of blood before they saw the elevator. “One of the crew people from Carnival was trying to get people to go back to the restaurant.”
Carnival employees quickly roped off the area, hung sheets over the elevator, and set up a sign that read, “Sorry I’m not working at the moment.” Blood had pooled onto the ground and soaked into the carpet.
“A crew member or somebody was inside or behind that wall when the elevator came down, and I don’t know what happened, but something terrifying happened,” Davis said.
A spokesperson for Carnival Cruises said: “The company extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family and loved ones of our team member. Our CareTeam is providing support. Appropriate authorities have been notified and a full investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.” Carnival has offered to pay for three counseling sessions for the Davis family, as well as any other family affected by the tragedy.
Adds CNN: “Carnival Corporation, which owns the cruise line, has experienced a number high-profile problems on its ships in recent years, including the capsizing of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy in 2012 and a crippling fire on the Carnival Triumph in 2013.”
“I couldn’t wait to get off the ship. I just wanted to get off,” Davis said of the Carnival Ecstasy death.