A passenger aboard a TUI Cruises ship sailing from Turkey has died in a fall from a balcony cabin, the cruise line confirmed in a statement.
The TUI cruise ship Mein Schiff 6 was on the final night of a 7-night cruise around Turkey and the Greek Islands and was en route to her homeport, Antalya, in Turkey when the accident occured.
The unnamed passenger reportedly fell from the tenth deck of the ship down to the lifeboat deck at around 2am on Friday morning.
According to reports, the ship’s medical team was immediately scrambled, but when they reached the passenger there was no way to stabilise his condition.
The exact circumstances that led to the guests’ fall have not been released, and the investigation has been handed over to Turkish authorities.
The ship arrived back in Antalya the following day, and is believed to have been in Turkish territorial waters at the time of the incident.
Due to the nature of ship registry regulations, had the incident occurred in international waters, authorities in Malta would have been required to investigate, as Mein Schiff 6 is registered in Valletta, Malta under a flag of convenience.
“We confirm that a guest on board Mein Schiff 6 died in the night from Thursday to Friday as a result of a fall from his own balcony,” the cruise line said in a statement. “Our condolences go out to the family members. The investigation to clarify the cause has been initiated and handed over to the relevant authorities.”
“We ask for your understanding that we will not comment beyond this out of consideration for the bereaved families,” the statement added.
According to Cruise Hive, the ship’s crew cordoned off the area around the cabin, and no one was allowed in the area until the authorities had conducted a full investigation.
The 98,811 gross ton Mein Schiff 6, which carries up to 2,500 passengers, arrived in Antalya on Saturday but did not leave Antalya until Sunday night, a day later than scheduled.