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article imageWoman Dies In Dark-Cave Tubing In Belize

By Debra Myers     Sep 29, 2008 in Travel
A passenger on a Carnival cruise died this weekend after going dark-cave tubing in Belize. Witnesses say that the river was too full, the current too swift and that it wasn't safe to have been on. The river dead ended into a wall where the woman drowned.
Orlando, FL - Linda Linan, 52, and her husband Eduardo were among the many tourists that were aboard the Carnival Glory cruise ship that stopped in Belize over the weekend. Part of the package was dark-cave tubing, like shown in the video above.
What had been an exciting cruise turned into a nightmare after the tourists began their descent through the dark caves. Witnesses said that the river was too full, moving too quickly and that no one should have been in it in the first place.
The strong current forced Linda and her husband to hit a cave wall and flip over where the river dead ended. One witness, who chose not to be identified, told of hearing screaming and just narrowly missed colliding with them, adding, "The river basically dead ended straight into a wall. The current was pushing people against a wall and tubes were going on top of people."
Eduardo was pulled from the water, however his wife, Linda, drowned. A nurse and a police officer did try doing CPR on her but could not bring her back.
Linda was considered healthy and had run a marathon recently, suggesting that she was in good physical condition.
Sunday, Carnival Cruise Lines said it has suspended all future sales of the cave tubing excursion and has launched an investigation into what happened.
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