The gruesome death on the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship on Sunday evening was witnessed by another family from North Carolina, and the description of the horrifying blood bath is sending ripples across the nation. Many readers are expressing not only their horror at seeing the photo of the gruesome blood scene, but, most importantly, are sending their sympathies to the family members of the victim – Jose Sandoval Opazo.
The victim, “66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opazo of Liguria, Italy, died Sunday as a result of an apparent accident,” writes WYFF on January 1. Opazo worked as an electrician on the 2,056-passenger cruise ship, and while working on an elevator Sunday evening, he was fatally crashed to death.
According to Miami-Dade police Det. Marjorie Eloi, Opazo died as a result of an apparent accident. While details of the fatal accident have not been revealed by the cruise ship company, witnesses have shared what they saw:
“To look and see the elevator with just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping … it was a real life scene of ‘The Shining,'” said Matt Davis from Fort Myers. “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 described the horrific scene of blood coming down like a rainfall and said that everything clearly smelled like blood.
In addition to Matt Davis, North Carolina resident Sara Robinson also witnessed the scene and described it the following:
“We looked to our left, over at the elevator and there was blood all over the carpeting and down the elevator sides. There was one other family and the woman had her hands over her mouth. You could actually hear the dripping of the blood coming down, which made us all sick to our stomach,” Robinson said.
According to Robinson, guests of the luxury cruise ship, which were on the last leg of their three-day trip, were not informed about what had happened. “It was terrible. They wouldn’t tell us what happened,” she said. “Over the loud speaker they said ‘we need the emergency medical team to come immediately.’ But still, no guests really knew what was going on except the three or four families that saw what was coming out of the elevator and the noise and everything that happened.”
The incident of Opazo’s death is still under investigation. “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,” said a spokesperson for Carnival Cruises in regard to the Carnival Ecstasy death.