Thursday, July 2, 2009

30 Cruise Ship Passengers Injured in St. Thomas Tour

CHARLOTTE AMALIE (AP) -- An amphibious tour bus veered off a road Wednesday, injuring about 30 cruise ship passengers who were taking a shore excursion in the US Virgin Islands, police said.

The Duckaneer, which has a boat-like hull for traveling in water and wheels for moving on land, was carrying 47 passengers from the liner Freedom of the Seas when it went off the road in St. Thomas and crashed into bushes, police spokeswoman Melody Rames said.

About 30 people were treated at nearby Schneider Regional Medical Center for minor injuries, hospital spokesman Sam Topp said. One passenger suffered a broken ankle and was expected to be kept overnight for observation, he said.

In a Wednesday evening statement, the head of cruise ship's owner, Royal Caribbean International, said the company was closely monitoring the injured passengers.

"The safety and well-being of our guests is our highest priority, and we will continue to do our very best to assist them," said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO.

The Freedom of the Seas is on a seven-night Caribbean cruise that departed Port Canaveral, Florida, on Monday and concludes there Sunday. Other port calls include CocoCay, Bahamas, and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

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