SAFETY AT SEA

Authorities: Cruise worker admits he raped passenger then tried to throw her overboard

 

A stateroom worker aboard a Port Everglades-based Holland America ship raped a passenger on a Valentines Day cruise, according to the FBI.

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A cruise worker confessed to raping a passenger and trying to throw her overboard from her stateroom balcony, claiming the Valentine's Day assault was revenge for an alleged slight, authorities said Tuesday.

The vicious attack happened on a Holland America cruise ship that departed from Port Everglades, according to court records. The worker, Ketut Pujayasa, 28, was quickly detained on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam and arrested by the FBI when the ship returned to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

The victim told investigators that her attacker appeared with no warning inside her darkened stateroom in the middle of the night, raped, beat, punched and strangled her and then tried to throw her from the balcony into the ocean in international waters somewhere off the coast of Roatan, Honduras.

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