229 people suffering from norovirus
229 passengers and crew on board the 'Sun Princess' were suffering from gastrointestinal illness. It was decided to disembark all 2,000 passengers when those affected fell ill, showing symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed on Nov 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. Of those affected, 189 have recovered. Of the remaining affected passengers and crew, 16 passengers had disembarked and terminated their cruise in Singapore. The ship, which was in transit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, had arrived in Singapore on Nov 13 at 5.30 a.m. from Phuket. There was no mass evacuation of the 'Sun Princess' in Singapore. Most of the passengers disembarked for a day tour. The MPA, Ministry of Health (MOH), and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) conducted a joint inspection of the cruise ship. The MOH also worked with the cruise operator to ensure that proper infection prevention and control actions have been implemented, and provided a health advisory to all passengers to look out for symptoms of disease, how to protect oneself and prevent further transmission before disembarkation. The port agent arranged for the affected passengers to be assessed by a medical practitioner upon disembarkation to ensure that they were fit for onward travel. The ship departed Singapore on at 5.25 p.m. for Ho Chi Minh City with 906 transit passengers, 1,092 new passengers, and 864 crew members.
Coast Guard investigated deadly fall from board
After Taiwanese woman passenger fell fatally from the 11th deck of the "Sun Princess" on Aug 9, to allay doubts of any foul play in the death, Coast Guard officers on Aug 11 boarded the cruise ship in Keelung on its return from Okinawa. They checked the body of the woman and sought the video footage related to the incident. The incident happened when the ship was sailing from Keelung to Okinawa. The victim Wang, 41 was accompanied by her mother and aunt. The five-day cruise of the family had started on Aug 7. Wang was discovered missing at 6 a.m. Japanese time. A full-scale search was launched and the camera footage was examined. It showed the woman going over the guardrail on the 11th deck of the ship. It was being assumed that she probably fell overboard. Following the incident, the ship immediately changed course and sent a rescue team to locate Wang. They found her body at 7:13 a.m. Wang had no signs of life when recovered from the sea. The medical team on board declared her dead and preserved the body in a refrigerated storage area on the ship. The cruise then continued the trip while Wang's two relatives returned to Taiwan from Okinawa by air.
Woman fell over board and died
The body of a 41-year-old Taiwanese woman was recovered from the ocean after she fell from the "Sun Princess" during a trip to Okinawa on Aug 9, 2019, at 6 a.m., triggering a full-scale search which turned up camera footage of her falling overboard. The ship adjusted its course and sent out a rescue team, which found the missing woman at 7:13 a.m. However, she showed no signs of life and the medical team on board declared her dead. It was not immediately known whether the incident was related to Typhoon Lekima, which was barreling through the ocean between Taiwan and Japan at the time. The cruise was on a five-day journey from Keelung to Okinawa and due back in a Taiwanese harbor on Aug 11. Princess Cruises expressed regrets and thanked the Japanese Coast Guard for its assistance in the search. The ship will continue on its course to Okinawa before arriving home as scheduled in Keelung on August 11.Upload News