It is being reported by a number of new sources that a cruise passenger has drowned on a snorkeling excursion in Cozumel, Mexico. The incident allegedly took place earlier this week.
According to a statement from Carnival Cruises, whom the passenger was cruising on, the incident took place on an independent snorkeling excursion. The statement reads, “On Tuesday, Feb. 26, an adult male guest from the Carnival Elation drowned while snorkeling in Cozumel. The Carnival Elation was sailing on a five-day cruise that departed New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 23 and returned on Thursday. The guest was snorkeling independently and was not part of an organized shore excursion by Carnival. Carnival’s CareTeam provided assistance and support to the guest’s family and traveling companions. Carnival extends its most heartfelt sympathies to the guest’s family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”
The cruise passenger was confirmed to be 50 year old Andrew Wooten. It is assumed that Wooten drowned after he was caught in an undercurrent while snorkeling.
Please keep Andrew’s family and friends in your prayers.
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