NEWS : Tragic accident on Carnival Ecstasy

Just caught this news. Very sad situation.

"A Miami-Dade Police spokesperson confirmed the crew member was 66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opaz, an electrician aboard the ship who was working on the elevator when the deadly incident occurred."

If you are squeamish, don't watch the news footage. I've got a clinical background and it is pretty horrible.


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My thoughts go out to the family, crew and guest on the ship.

Prayers of comfort for family and friends of the crew member and peace to those who witnessed the incident.


I edited your post to remove the link to the video. We have kids as young as 13 using the site and I'm not comfortable having a direct link to the video here as it's quite gruesome. If someone wants to find it, I'm sure they'll be able to.



Good call, Simon,

Yes, good call. I personally read the article but didn't want to watch the video. Some things I just don't want to see.

Thoughts and prayers with his family. Truely a tragic event.

Understood, Simon. **Hence the warning I included before anyone unwittingly clicked on it.** Anyone can go find it regardless of age. It just takes a bit more effort. My reason for including the link for the news article, not the footage. Personally, I was surprised a news station actually broadcasted it.

Good call, Simon.

What a terrible way for this family to start the new year. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I am also grateful for the safty and well-being of my family.

Here is what we know........he was servicing the elevator

Here is what we can surmise.....Lock out / Tag out procedures were not in place.

before you ask, Lock out / Tag out is a safety system used by electricians working on switchgear and / or elevators. Every workman gets a lock and a tag with their initials on it. While you are working on the equipment, the main disconnect is off, and you place your lock and tag on so the switch can't be turned on. There can be several locks on at any given time. You remove your lock, and only your lock when you are finished. The switch doesn't get thrown til every last lock is off.

Tragic? yes

Avoidable? Totally


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