Reports have surfaced of a tragic accident involving a cruise passenger off the coast of Belize.
Janice Mittelstadt, a 67 year old from South Dakota, tragically passed away during a snorkeling excursion in Belize today. Mittelstadt was snorkeling at Sergeants Caye, a small sandbar off the coast, popular for its snorkeling excursions. She was witnessed going underwater by another person in the excursion group, prompting a rescue and attempted resuscitation. After numerous attempts to revive her, she was transported to emergency services on shore.
At this time, local Belizean police do not believe any medical conditions contributed to the accident.
Sergeants Caye, a popular location for snorkeling excursions, is noted as a slightly difficult location to snorkel. Board members on Cruise Critic who’ve snorkeled at the location report the current can be particularly strong and tiring, compared to other snorkeling locations.
Mittelstadt was reportedly sailing aboard Princess’ Caribbean Princess on a seven night western Caribbean sailing from Houston.