THE docking of the Queen Elizabeth at the new passenger liner jetty in the port of Walvis Bay was supposed to be a celebratory occasion but it turned into a tragedy when an elderly passenger died as he was about to disembark.
The grand cruise liner arrived in the port at about 06 35 from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and made to make a nine hour long stop which enabled passengers to disembark and visit tourist attractions situated in and around the central coastal towns on Sunday.
Amongst the large number of passengers that was about to come ashore, was the 74-year-old Brian Morris-Ashton who collapsed while he was still on board the ship.
According to the official incident report provided by Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, the elderly passenger complained of suffering from a headache before he collapsed. He was declared dead while still on board the ship.
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the deceased person was taken off the ship in order for a post mortem examination to be done to determine the cause of death.
At the time of the passenger’s death no foul play was suspected and according to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu the post mortem examination confirmed that he died of natural causes.
“The deceased person’s wife stayed behind in Walvis Bay until the process was completed. She will now travel back to their country of origin with the remains of her husband after the repatriation process is completed.”
The Queen Elizabeth departed for Cape Town later on Sunday.