Posted April 14, 2018 06:03:11 A cruise shipwreck survivor has died after the vessel hit a tree in Richmond, Virginia, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The cruise ship, a 64-foot vessel owned by Carnival Cruise Line, capsized Saturday afternoon near the town of Greenport, Va., about 35 miles southwest of Washington.
It capsized after striking a tree, the NTSB said in a statement Monday.
According to the statement, a passenger on board, 32-year-old Ryan P. Jones, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jones was aboard the ship from Los Angeles, where he has lived since 2015.
He had been working for Carnival since 2016, according a Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswoman.
Jones had a prior felony conviction, according the NTSBC statement.
Carnival Cruise Line confirmed the death and said it would cooperate with the NTSBB investigation.
“The cruise line has been working with the Coast Guard and other law enforcement officials to assist them in the investigation,” the company said in the statement.
“Carnivals team members and crew are focused on their safety, and they will be providing support and support to all the family and friends of Ryan Jones as we continue to investigate the incident.”
The NTSB statement did not provide details about the cause of the collision, but said it could be a combination of weather conditions, mechanical failure or “the combined effects of weather and sea conditions.”
The company said Jones had worked at Carnival for three years and had been on the ship since it launched in 2014.
He was the fourth person to die on a Carnival ship since the cruise line began operating in 2020.
Carmen Cruises, which owns Carnival, said it was working with its own investigation to determine whether the cruise ship’s safety system failed.
The Coast Guard, the agency that investigates accidents and deaths in the United States, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.