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Another Probable Cruise Ship Crew Suicide. This Time on Virgin’s Scarlet Lady.

FILE PHOTO: Virgin's Scarlet Lady cruise ship

PortandTerminal.com, May 22, 2020

MIAMI, FL – Cruise specialist lawyer Jim Walker is reporting on his website that a Filipino crew member has died on the Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady.

The news comes from several crew members who wish to remain anonymous. His colleagues on the ship stated that he may have intentionally ended his life.

Had the poor man indeed taken his own life, he would not be the first cruise ship employee to do so in recent weeks. At least six other cruise ship crew members are believed to have taken their own lives out of despair as they remain stranded and seemingly abandoned by their employers on ships.

Arrival at Port of Miami

Cruise ship Virgin Scarlet Lady
FILE PHOTO: Virgin’s Scarlett Lady

The Scarlet Lady sailed into the Port of Miami on Friday following this latest tragedy. The ship had been positioned off of the coast of Florida after Virgin decided to postpone its inaugural cruise of this ship from Miami until mid-October. Police detectives reportedly boarded the ship to conduct an investigation.

The crew members described the Filipino seafarer’s job as a hotel utility employee. His body was reportedly found in his cabin. It is less than clear regarding when this incident occurred. 

Map showing position of cruise ships.
Virgin’s Scarlet Lady had been anchored off of the coast of Florida with scores of other cruise ships waiting out the lockdown. MartineTraffic.com (May 9, 2020)

The Scarlet Lady‘s homeport is Miami but cruises won’t be starting until October at the earliest. Virgin Voyages has announced an extension on its suspension of cruise operations and the first sailing is now scheduled to depart on October 16, 2020.

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