The Carnival Ecstasy death on Sunday came with images of gore that resembled “The Shinning” as passengers witnessed blood pouring down an elevator door in a “sheet,” describes one witness. A Carnival Ecstasy crew member was working in the elevator shaft when it appears the elevator came down and crushed him.
According to UPI News on December 31, at the same time this happened, passengers walking by the elevator doors saw an overwhelming amount of blood pouring down the doors. Passengers described the scene by what they saw and what they heard, with one witness describing the scene by what he smelled.
The noise of blood hitting the floor was similar to what you might hear in a rain storm or downpour, said passenger Matt Davis. Not only did the area sound like a “rainstorm,” it also “smelled like blood.” He referred to the horror show unfolding in front of them as a “real life scene” resembling the 1980 film “The Shining.”
Matt Davis and his wife Sandy decided on this Christmas cruise at the last minute and the first two days on the high seas was everything this Fort Myers couple thought it would be. On the third day as the couple was headed to dinner they witnessed gore usually reserved for the movies. As they walked by an elevator with other passengers they saw blood pouring down the doors. The doors were “struggling to open and close,” said Matt Davis. He took out his phone and shot a video, a video he is being lambasted for today after posting it online.
CNN News described the video that Matt Davis took with his cell phone. In the background a man could be overheard shouting, ” “No, that can’t be right! No, that’s not possible!” This man had just come across this horrifying scene and it sounds like the man was having a tough time comprehending that the liquid pouring down the doors was blood.
The crew ushered the passengers away, but not before Davis captured the scene on video, which has been featured on WFTX-TV in Fort Myers. This video contains some very graphic images. It was later learned that Jose Sandoval Opazo, 66, who was the ship’s electrician, died while attempting to repair the elevator.
The elevator was sealed off after the incident with a sign that read, “Sorry, but I’m not working at the moment,” said Davis. He was eventually told by crew members that an electrician had been working on the elevator and died.
Davis said, “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.” Carnival spokesperson, Vance Gulliksen, confirmed that a crew member working on an elevator died Sunday on the ship.
Update: The Sun Sentinel is reporting fury over the posting of this video is circulating the online world. The posting of this video has “provoked shock and revulsion around the globe after it was posted by a Fort Myers television news website on Tuesday night.” People are raking Davis over the coals for taking this video. A Miami attorney is saying, don’t be to hasty to criticize Davis, as this cruise line’s death may have never been made public if not for the video.
While the video is gory and behind the scenes a man is dead, this might have not come to the news if not for that video. James Walker, a Miami attorney specializing in maritime law, said that by a passenger posting a video online, this “might be the only way large cruise lines such as Carnival will publicly acknowledge such a tragedy.”
“We’ve seen cruise lines cover up or mischaracterize things,” Walker said. “It’s pretty clear this person died a gruesome death, and we probably wouldn’t have known that if not for the videotape.”