Cruise passenger dies at Orient Beach

POSTED: 01/20/15 8:07 PM

St. Maarten —A cruise passenger in his sixties– Howard Cook–who arrived on St. Maarten onboard the Oasis cruise ship yesterday lost his life in a freak accident at the Orient Beach near Kontiki bar and restaurant around midday yesterday.

Frank Bruney of S.E.L. Maduro said Cook had been accompanied on the cruise by his wife and some friends who had also visited the Orient Beach with him. At the time of the fatal accident Cook was reportedly paragliding and either dove or fell into the water which caused severe injuries.  The ambulance was contacted and on arrival attempts were made to resuscitate him but proved futile. He died from wounds he sustained to his head.

Cook’s body was taken to a French Morgue after he was pronounced dead and will remain there until the necessary arrangements have been made to have him returned to the United States. The family and friends of Cooke have been temporarily housed at a local hotel on Dutch St. Maarten courtesy of the cruise line and S.E.L. Maduro, who also arranged transportation for them from the scene of the accident to that hotel.

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