Miami-Dade County

Carnival Cruise Line electrician killed; bloody video captured by passengers

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE Video shared by a Florida passenger on a cruise, shows blood dripping down from the elevator door.
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE Video shared by a Florida passenger on a cruise, shows blood dripping down from the elevator door. Miami

Miami-Dade police are investigating a gruesome incident that happened aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship last weekend when an electrician was killed while repairing an elevator.

Police have confirmed that 66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opazo was killed while working on an elevator on the Ecstasy at about 6:15 p.m. Dec. 27. The ship was on the final leg of its three-day voyage and was heading back to Miami when the incident took place. A cruise passenger captured the bloody elevator on video.

“The company extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family and loved ones of our team member. Our CareTeam is providing support,” Carnival said in a statement. “Appropriate authorities have been notified and a full investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.”

The video was recorded by Matt Davis, a Fort Myers man, who was headed to dinner with his family. The video shows an elevator door with blood dripping down from it.

In the recording you can hear a voice saying, “No, that can’t be right. No. That’s not possible.”

“To look and see the elevator with just blood coming down like a sheet and not stopping. It was a real-life scene of The Shining,” Davis told WFTX FOX 4.

Davis said that he and his wife, Susan, could actually smell the blood and that it came down like rain. They said another man was also inside the elevator and ran out after struggling to open the doors.

Police and the cruise line have not confirmed what might have caused the incident.

The Ecstasy cruise ship sails from Miami and Charleston, South Carolina, to Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

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