Caribbean Princess Passenger Air Force Major Pool Drowning – On Friday, June 14, 2019, about 5:15 a.m, Major Stephen O. Osakue, Jr, 37, from Miami, Florida, was a passenger aboard Princess Cruises cruise ship Caribbean Princess, when he was discovered unresponsive in the cruise ship swimming pool on the last day of the cruise.
Osakue worked for the Air Force as a research pharmacist, stationed at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi.
The ship’s medical personnel were unable to revive him, Kamali said. “Appropriate authorities were notified and conducted an investigation. A final determination is pending, however, authorities have indicated that this incident appears to be accidental.”
Osakue’s wife told investigators that “they had a lot to drink” prior to the drowning, but she was not with Osakue when he entered the pool, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office’s statement.
Fellow Air Force service member Michelle Pierson said after hearing of his death, “I met and worked with Stephen on a recent military deployment. He has a contagious smile and giggle that always made my day. We loved to make him show us how to dance properly as he continued to point out that we were doing it wrong. I will also always know him as “cookie monster” as he just can’t say no to cookies. He was very dedicated to his job and ensuring everything was done by the book. He was also willing to help out anytime I needed him. This is a huge loss for everyone! Your deployed family misses you.”
Caribbean Princess sailed from Port Everglades and was on the sixth day of a seven-day Western Caribbean voyage.
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