Susan Borges and boyfriend Jim Melillo were on a sand buggy shore excursion that was booked with a private company and not with the cruise line. The driver of the sand buggy, Wagner Ferreira, apparently lost control of the vehicle and hit a metal bar. Both passengers died on impact.
After receiving medical treatment at the Cozumel Medical Center, Wagner Ferreira was initially held in jail as authorities investigated the accident. He has since been released and is now back in Florida. He was not charged with criminal charges when released.
The story was broken by Diario de Quintana Roo, a Spanish speaking newspaper.
The couple were with friends on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas and had been on several previous cruises. The cruise was a 4 night cruise out of Ft Lauderdale, Florida and had just one scheduled stop in the popular cruise port of Cozumel, Mexico.
Royal Caribbean issued the following statement: “Our Care Team is providing support and assistance to guests’ family and friends. Our thoughts are with their family and friends, and we will continue to do our very best to assist them.”
Cruise Fever offers our condolences to the family and friends of these two that passed away this weekend while cruising.