Costa Magica cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9239795, owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by its subsidiary the Costa Crociere line company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), machinery malfunctions.
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Costa Magica accidents & incidents
At the Costa Magica CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of Costa Cruises Magica ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents. Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and Coast Guard reports.
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- February 24, 2017, at ~1:30 am, the ship suffered an engine room fire accident, while en-route from Martinique to Guadeloupe. The accident occurred in the end of a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise (itinerary Feb 17-24) round-trip from Pointe-a-Pitre to in the Antilles, Trinidad and Tobago. The list of visited ports of call included Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, Catalina Island), St Maarten Island (Philipsburg), Antigua (St Johns), and Martinique (Fort-de-France).
- There were all 3 confusing announcements made via the ship’s PA (public address) system. The first was about an emergency on crew deck A. The second was about an emergency on service deck 0 (in the luggage area). The last was about an emergency in the ship’s engine room.
- There were no official statements made by the shipowner Carnival Corporation or the ship operator Costa Crociere.
- According to unofficial sources, the fire lasted for about 1,5 hours. No smoke was visible and the corridors’ fire doors were not closed, neither the ship’s ventilation / air-conditioning was affected. Passengers reported a decrease in the vessel’s cruising speed during the incident.
- While no injuries were reported, soon after the fire was extinguished, a medical team was requested at one of the ship’s muster stations (E).
- After the vessel safely berthed at Pointe-a-Pitre, it was inspected and no deficiencies were found. The next scheduled cruise was not affected.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- January 4, 2006, a 15-year-old female passenger fell overboard. The incident occurred at ~2 am, while the ship was en-route to call port Cozumel Mexico. The Costa cruise ship, assisted by two Mexican Coast Guard vessels, conducted a search operation, but the body was never found. This accident received a huge international news media coverage because the young girl (Lynsey O’ Brien, of Irish origin) was extremely drunk after being served multiple alcoholic drinks at one of the ship’s bars. The teen was traveling with her whole family – including her two sisters and the brother. She accidentally fell from their cabin’s balcony after bending over the rail and trying to vomit. The investigation showed that she was served 2 vodkas with mixers and 8 various alcoholic cocktails – a total of 10 alcoholic beverages in a 45 min period – before the bartender cut her off. The accident was witnessed by one of the sisters and immediately reported to the ship’s security. The mother later stated that on the way down, the girl probably hit her head on one of the lifeboats below and fell unconscious into the sea. On July 8, 2013, the teen’s father (Paul O’Brien) committed suicide at age 49.
- June 2, 2012, a 21-year-old female crew jumped overboard. The woman (Lais Santiago, of Brazilian origin) worked on the ship as an assistant waiter. She was last seen at 6 pm on June 1, and reported missing at 3 pm on June 2. The incident occurred on a Mediterranean itinerary, while the ship was en-route from Valletta Malta to Catania Sicily (some 20 ml / 30 km off the Sicily’s coast). The Italian authorities (police and coast guard) were notified. CCTV camera footages showed her climbing over the rail, hesitating for a while, then jumping overboard at 2 am on June 2.
- February 16, 2017, a 27-year-old male crew was found dead in his cabin (possible suicide) when the ship berthed at Heritage Quay in port St Johns (Antigua). The man (Conciecao Silva, from India) worked as dishwasher on the ship. The hanging (fully dressed) body was found by the room-mate, who allegedly took it down and attempted to revive him. The ship doctor pronounced the man dead on the scene.
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- October 2, 2014, when the ship docked in call port Piraeus (port to Athens, Greece), the police boarded and arrested 4 passengers (1 woman, 3 men) for possession of firearms. The ship was on a 7-days Mediterranean cruise itinerary to Greece and Turkey, round-trip from homeport Venice Italy. The Piraeus departure was delayed. The incident was not announced via the PA system, so all the passengers were unaware of it. The arrest for possession of firearms was reported only by a Croatian news media, using unofficial information provided by Costa crew members. According to the crew, when the ship docked in Piraeus, the 4 passengers were unsuccessfully invited several times to report to the reception desk. After that, the ship’s security and Greek police officers entered their cabins and conducted a search, during which 4 pistols were found. The passengers were quickly located, arrested and disembarked. Neither Greek or Italian news media reported the incident. According to the Costa Crociere’s official statement (Oct 14), 5 passengers were arrested – for boarding in Venice with false documents.
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