Miami-Dade Police Department authorities are investigating the grisly death of a crew member aboard the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship Sunday that turned a guest elevator into a fountain of blood.
Jose Sandoval Opazo, a 66-year-old maintenance worker aboard the Carnival cruise ship, died Dec. 27 while working on a ship elevator, the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed. Mr. Opazo was a resident of Liguria, Italy.
Matt Davis, a Fort Myers, Fla., man who was on a three-day cruise from Miami with his family, spoke to CNN about encountering the scene, describing blood pouring from the top of the elevator “like a sheet and not stopping.” He said the blood hitting the ground sounded like a rainstorm and they could smell the blood from feet away.
The accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. as some guests were leaving one of the ship’s restaurants. “One of the crew people from Carnival was trying to get people to go back towards the restaurant,” Mr. Davis said, adding the one server told him an electrician got hurt. Later, a ship manager told Mr. Davis that the worker had died in the accident.
Forty-five minutes after the accident, the scene was cordoned off and sign reading “Sorry, but I’m not working at the moment” was posted by the elevator door.
“I couldn’t wait to get off the ship. I just wanted to get off,” Mr. Davis told CNN, describing the elevator accident as “a real-life scene of ‘The Shining.” He told CNN that Carnival has offered to pay for three counseling sessions for his family.
The ship was headed back to Miami on its final stretch.