On Saturday, March 19, a passenger cruising on the Carnival Triumph drowned when he was on shore in Cozumel, Mexico.
The Carnival Triumph was on a four night Western Caribbean cruise which left from Galveston, Texas on March 17. The only port of call was Cozumel.
United States citizen, John Douglas Herberger, aged 56 was at the Sky Reef Beach Club which is located on the south side of the island
According to his wife, 56 year old Teresa Herberger, her husband was suffering from respiratory problems and at around 12.30 p.m. he went for a swim, taking no notice of his breathing difficulties. He did not return from his swim and a Beach Club employee, Angel Pool went to look for him and saw his body floating behind a buoy. He ran into the sea and pulled Herberger from the water and the local emergency services were called.
Paramedics and Public Safety arrived, and discovered Herberger had no vital signs and CPR was unsuccessful. His body was taken to the Forensic Medical Services for an autopsy from where it will be transported back to the United States.
All too often cruise ship passengers drown when they go ashore to the beach at the various ports of call. Although the sea can seem all too inviting, there are often strong currents which can pull swimmers under the water or out to sea, and it is especially dangerous for those who are not in good physical condition. Swimmers should always stay within their depth and not stray too far from the shore and any relatives on the shore should keep a close eye on any family members in the water.