Local police authorities released the official identification of the woman, who fell several decks to her death aboard the Carnival Elation cruise back in January.
Tamara Tucker, 50, of Kansas City, USA was a passenger on the cruise liner when the tragic incident occurred Friday, January 19.
The cruise, was en route to The Bahamas from Florida that morning, when an American female reportedly fell to her death two floors below her 14th Deck stateroom balcony.
According to information released by local RBPF on January 20, “Police in Grand Bahama are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an American visitor on-board a cruise ship.
“Reports are that on Friday, January 19, 2018, shortly after noon, officers received information of a sudden death on-board a cruise line that travelled from Florida to The Bahamas.
“Officers of the Central Detective Unit (CDU) responded and while on board were shown the lifeless body of an adult female. As a result of initial investigations, an adult American male is assisting police with this investigation. Police are actively investigating.”
Yesterday – Tuesday, February 6 – a police spokesperson confirmed that the male suspect was released, locally; however, the matter was handed over to FBI officials.
“The incident took place in international waters, but we were the closest port, so cruise officials had to report the matter here. This is not our matter,” the spokesperson stressed, “therefore, it was turned over to FBI officials.
“We extend condolences to the family of the victim.”
Following this incident an online statement on Saturday, January 20, a spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Lines, Vance Gullisken, confirmed the tragic death. “Early yesterday morning a guest fell from her balcony to several decks below. The ship’s medical team responded immediately, but unfortunately, she passed away.
“The incident was reported to all proper authorities and CARE Team support was offered to travelers and her family.”
Additionally, a communication was released by the cruise line to their guests, apologizing for the delays caused on the ship’s arrival to the Freeport Harbour on Friday afternoon following the incident.
The letter read, “Given the nature of the accident which took place earlier this morning, we had to wait for clearance from the proper authorities.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding. We ask that you kindly continue to keep our guest and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Passengers on-board the ship were on a four-day Bahamas cruise excursion, which departed Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, January 18 and was nearing the Freeport Harbour at the time of the deadly fall.