Carnival Cruise Worker Dies In Elevator Accident, Passenger Films Bloody Scene
A video showing the gruesome death of a Carnival Ecstasy Cruise worker went viral Thursday — as footage captures a waterfall of blood coming out of the elevator — where the worker was killed.
Carnival Cruise Worker’s Bloody Elevator Death Caught On Video
Jose Sandoval Opazo, 66, of Liguria, Italy, was an electrician aboard the Ecstasy and died while working on one of the ship’s elevators at about 6:15 p.m. Dec. 27, according to statements by Carnival and the police.
The bloody video was shot on board by a vacationing family and went viral after it was posted by a Fort Myers television news website on Tuesday night.
In the report by Fort Myers’ WFTX, Lee County resident Matt Davis described heading to dinner on the ship’s 10th floor deck and coming upon a horrifying scene of blood raining down across the front door of the elevator.
“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,” Davis said.
James Walker, a Miami attorney specializing in maritime law, said a passenger’s video might be the only way large cruise lines such as Carnival will publicly acknowledge such a death.
“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.”
“The company extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family and loved ones of our team member. Our CareTeam is providing support,” Carnival Cruise said in a statement.