Cruise Ship

MSC World Europa

Incident Type

Passenger Death (Overboard)

Date of Accident

February 14, 2024

Location of Accident

Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta

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On February 14, 2024, a tragic incident occurred aboard the MSC World Europa while docked in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta. A 72-year-old American male passenger died after falling overboard into the sea around 5 PM Malta time (4 PM UTC). Despite immediate first aid efforts and rapid transportation to Mater Dei Hospital, the passenger was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Details of the Incident

The elderly passenger’s fall and subsequent death have cast a shadow over the concluding day of the MSC World Europa’s 7-day Mediterranean Cruise. The crew’s prompt response and the professional medical assistance provided on site were unable to prevent this unfortunate outcome. The circumstances leading to the overboard incident are under scrutiny to ensure a thorough understanding of the events.

Operational Context

This incident marked a somber end to the MSC World Europa’s journey, which began on February 9 from Barcelona and included stops in Marseille, Genoa, Civitavecchia-Rome, Palermo Sicily, and a final call in Malta with a port stay from 9 AM to 5 PM on the day of the incident. The cruise aimed to offer passengers a rich Mediterranean experience, highlighting the unpredictability and inherent risks of sea travel.

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