British P&O cruise passenger dies in Dominica bus crash

Nine passnegers have also been injured in the shore excursion on the Caribbean island

Alexandra Sims
Thursday 10 November 2016 16:42
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The P&O Azura cruise ship
The P&O Azura cruise ship

A British passenger on a P&O Cruises holiday has died and nine others have been injured after a bus crash in Dominica.

The passengers were on a shore excursion on the Caribbean island when their tour bus was involved in a collision at midday on Wednesday.

P&O confirmed that all the injured passengers are British and have been treated at a local hospital. It said the majority have now been discharged.

The bus was carrying 12 people including the P&O passengers. The names of those involved in the incident have not been released and next of kin have been informed.

The cause of the crash remains unknown. The bus was operated by a shore excursion provider, P&O said.

The P&O ship Azura set off from Southampton on 28 October carrying 3,000 passengers.

“A bus operated by a shore excursion provider was involved in a collision in Dominica on Wednesday lunchtime,” P&O said in a statement said. “The bus was carrying 12 passengers, including 10 guests from Azura. The cause of the accident is not yet known. ”

“The names of the guests involved in the incident have not been released. P&O Cruises representatives are on-site at the hospital to support the injured. Next of kin have been informed. We have activated our Care team to help those affected by the accident.”

P&O Cruises Senior Vice President, Paul Ludlow, said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone touched by this tragic event. Our employees and crew are working to do everything we can to extend support and assistance to those affected and their loved ones.”

The Foreign Office has confirmed the person who died in the crash and those injured were British nationals.

"Our staff are providing support and we will remain in close contact with P&O Cruises and the local authorities," it said.

Police have yet to release a statement about the incident, according to Dominica News Online.

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