Two men reportedly died yesterday in an accident involving a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Several published reports indicate that two men, who had been assisting with mooring the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas on the island of St. Kitts, were killed after being thrown from their boat as the ship left port. Witnesses say that it appears that the men’s boat capsized in the wake of the massive ship, which may not have waited long enough for the men to clear out of harm's way before leaving port.
The men were reportedly wearing life vests at the time of the accident, though one man is said to have lost his life vest during the incident. Upon learning that the men had gone missing, the Independence of the Seas delayed its departure in order to search for them. Unfortunately, the men were never found, and the Independence of the Seas set sail four hours later.
The St. Kitts Air and Sea Port Authority is reportedly investigating the incident.