Several victims of a bus crash in the Bahamas were transported in a military C-130 aircraft to South Florida, where they will be treated for their injuries, fire officials said.
The aircraft arrived with four trauma patients at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at around 4 p.m. on Monday, according to Batallion Chief Michael B. Kane. Their injuries were too severe to be treated in the Bahamas.
A shore excursion bus with 32 guests from Carnival Ecstasy crashed Monday morning near Rock Sound, Eleuthera, north of Princess Cays, Carnival Cruise Line officials said.
Twenty-eight of the guests were treated at a local clinic in the Bahamas and have been cleared to return to the ship, cruise officials said. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
Kane said three of the four patients sustained serious injuries, ranging from fractures of the arms and legs to internal injuries and possible paralysis. All of the patients were conscious and transported to Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale.
Fire officials believe the patients are civilians.
According to FLL airport officials, the C-130 flew from Georgia to the Bahamas.
Carnival released this statement:
This morning, a shore excursion bus with 32 guests from Carnival Ecstasy was involved in an accident near Rock Sound, Eleuthera (The Bahamas), which is 20 minutes north of Princess Cays.
All guests on the bus were seen at the local medical clinic and 28 were cleared to return to the ship. Four guests with injuries and two family members were airlifted for hospital treatment (one to a Nassau hospital and three to a Fort Lauderdale hospital). One of the family members who arrived in Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon was subsequently admitted to the hospital. Carnival's CareTeam is providing support to all impacted guests.
No other vehicles were involved and the cause of the accident is being investigated. In the meantime, the Cathedral Cove, Ocean Hole, and Rock Sound Island Tour, along with all excursions by this tour operator, have been suspended.
Carnival Ecstasy is on a five-day Bahamas cruise that departed Jacksonville on June 22. It departed Princess Cays as planned on Monday evening and will complete its published itinerary as planned.