What to know about the capsized boat that killed an American woman near Blue Lagoon Island
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Cruise ship passenger Brittanie Crippin was on board the ill-fated ferry boat on Tuesday as it sunk in waters near Paradise Island off Blue Lagoon Island.
Mourning the 75-year-old woman killed during the mishap, Crippin said the captain and crew of the snorkeling vessel operated by Blue Lagoon, seemed clueless.
“The captain and crew had no idea what to do. The captain was laughing as it sank, gave no instructions [on] what to do, the crew didn’t help at all,” she lamented.
Video circulating social media shows a crowded boat as passengers congregate on one side of the vessel attempting to level the craft as the other side descends deeper into the water.
“Our boat is sinking,” one woman who says she was on the top floor of the double-decker, calmly states as other passengers scream. They are all adorned with life vests and some jump into the water as it sinks further.
“Oh sh—t,” one passenger yells.
The boat of 100 passengers left the ferry dock at 9:30 am for Blue Lagoon Island, but half an hour later, it ran into trouble in the rough seas and began to take on water.
Crippin said the weather was good despite reports of bad weather on Tuesday. “Everyone was crying and screaming for help.
“Wild times in the Bahamas.
“There were lots of life vests aboard. No one had life vest on until it started to sink.”
Chad Schissel, another passenger believed the captain turned too quickly and the waves capsized the boat. “The crew freaked out more than the passengers. [They] must have been trained very well,” he said sarcastically.”
Kissy Schissel added that “the wave hit the front of the boat and sunk us under.”
The boat remained partially submerged since the water depth was reportedly only 20 feet deep.
Jamie Diliberto, a Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas passenger, said the victim was a fellow passenger. He could not contain his emotions, “I am crying.”
Passengers were later rescued by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Blue Lagoon, and other vessels in the area.
The victim was visiting on a five-day cruise from Colorado. The Bahamas was her second stop. The exact cause of death remains unknown.
The featured picture shows Kissy Schissel after the ordeal.