Memorial Day High School Graduation Cruise Ends Badly for 30 Students

This day in cruise industry: Eight years ago today, on Sunday, May 24, 2009, Bruce O’Krepki, 18, from Louisiana was on a Memorial Day weekend sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Fantasy.

It was also a high graduation cruise for 30 students from  St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, Louisiana.  O’Krepki was known to his fellow students as,  “Bruce “Moose” O’Krepki #337″.

O’Krepki went overboard around 9:45 on the first night of the cruise. Carnival Fantasy was sailing from  New Orleans, Louisiana to Key West, Florida at the time O’Krepki went missing.  Read more