Second Crewman Dies After Cruise Ship Accident

September 20, 2016

Following an incident on July 20 that saw four crewmembers aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway injured, a second man has died; the death of Ben Buenaventura comes after 41-year-old Filipino national Diogenes Carpio passed away shortly after the incident.

This is according to the website of the Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman law firm, which says, “Last month, LMAW, P.A. reported on the tragic incident where four NCL crewmembers were grievously injured aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway while the ship was in port at King’s Wharf in Bermuda.

“The incident occurred around noon on Wednesday July 20, 2016, when a lifeboat broke from its tethering and fell into the water. One crewmember died immediately; three others were badly injured.

“Early accounts of the incident are that it occurred during the ship’s weekly mandatory safety drills, when a line snapped and the lifeboat dangled from just one wire. Shortly thereafter, the vessel plummeted down into the water and crushed two of the crewmembers.”

Scene following the accident on July:

“LMAW, P.A. was retained by one of the injured crewmembers, Ben Buenaventura. Ben, a Filipino citizen, was a waiter onboard the Breakaway who had worked for NCL for more than a decade. He was crushed by the lifeboat but survived the initial impact.

“Ben was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital with a terrifying list of critical injuries including fractures to both legs, hip, right arm, punctured lungs and traumatic brain injuries. Both Ben and the doctors fought for Ben’s survival for more than a month; but this past weekend, Ben succumbed to his injuries and died.

“Ben leaves behind a loving wife and 5-year-old son. Ben is now the second crewmember to have died in this tragic, yet preventable incident. The Bermuda Police Service previously identified the other crewmember that died immediately as 41-year-old Filipino national Diogenes Carpio.”

We have asked local officials and the Norwegian Cruise Line for comment and will update if able.

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  1. Time Shall Tell says:

    I feel for his wife, son, friends & the rest of his family. I hope lessons are learned from this incident which has cost the lives of two people so that it may help prevent anything like this from happening again.

  2. Bermuda says:

    How tragically sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May he be at peace and free from suffering after his month long battle to survive.

  3. Real Deal says:

    Wow this needs to be investigated because this happen the other day as well on the largest crew ship in the world.

    • DX says:

      It’s being investigated. Do you honestly think that it wouldn’t be?

  4. Real Deal says:

    I think someone from marine imports need to supervise/inspect these safety Drill. How is it setup down there airport? we have not had a airplane accident yet. Do the airlines inspect themselves?. Its probably best to have someone from the outside there whos not affiliated with the ship.

  5. Kathy says:

    Can the cruise line be prosecuted in Bermuda? This is a crime that should not have happened!

    • DX says:

      This was a tragic accident. It’s not like somebody deliberately cut the lines or something.

      • Real Deal says:

        No Bra this is happening to frequent. someone or something needs to be held accountable for it. ether a policy needs to be implemented or changed. just Imagine, what if they were using the life boats in an emergence. something needs to be done world wide to clean up the standard.