The Carnival Ecstasy returned to its home port of Jacksonville, Florida today, after dozens of the ship’s passengers were hurt in a serious vehicle crash earlier this week.
On Monday 32 of the Ecstasy’s passengers were hurt when a bus in which they were traveling crashed in the Bahamas. The passengers were on a shore excursion at the time of the rollover crash, which left several people seriously injured.
The injured include dozens of people who were treated at a local medical facility in the Bahamas. Four of the victims sustained injuries so severe that they had to be airlifted back to South Florida for treatment. According to a News4Jax.com report, those injuries included fractured arms and legs, internal injuries, and one victim who suffered possible paralysis. A fifth victim was transported from the scene of the crash to a hospital in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.
In a statement about the incident Thursday Carnival said “We would like to offer our apologies for those impacted by this accident. We appreciate and thank all those who assisted and treated our guests, including the first responders in Eleuthera, United States Coast Guard, Bahamian officials, Broward County Fire Rescue and medical professionals at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and Doctor’s Hospital in Nassau. We are very grateful for their efforts.”