Two crew members die on cruise ship in Bahamas

Two crew members have died on a Holland America cruise ship during an “incident” in the ship’s engineering space, the cruise line has said.

The pair died on Friday while the Nieuw Amsterdam liner was at the small island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, Holland America added in a statement.

Officials have been notified and the cause is being investigated.

Other crew members have been offered counselling.

Holland America said it was “deeply saddened” by the deaths, adding: “Our thoughts and prayers are with our team members’ families at this difficult time.

“The safety, security and welfare of all guests and crew are the company’s absolute priority.”

No further details about the crew members have been shared.

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The ship, which can carry more than 2,000 people, set sail out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 16 March for a seven-night trip.