A resort in the Bahamas refutes a warning to US cruise ship passengers about sexual assault
A resort in the Bahamas says two American women have been charged with consuming drug-laced cocktails and… Sexual assaults “Conflict” with 16 “time-stamped surveillance videos.”
Amber Shearer and Dongela Dobson, lifelong friends From Kentuckywere enjoying a kid-free vacation when they stopped on Grand Bahama Island during their Carnival cruise.
They said they felt dizzy after taking a few sips of their drinks, passed out and were sexually assaulted by resort staff, according to media and their own social media posts. They tested positive for high levels of drugs.
Resort, Pirate Bay Freeport, Bahamas, He said in a statement that “lengthy videos of everyone involved” had been handed over to local police. The FBI is also part of the investigation.
The resort did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for more information or answer follow-up questions about what resort officials saw on their cameras that “conflicted” with the women’s claims.
“We regret that our guests experienced this incident, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to assist police in gathering evidence in response to these allegations, including Providing police The resort said in its statement: “We have access to the video in which the two guests were allegedly assaulted.”
The Freeport resort said it summoned law enforcement and medical personnel and took “swift” action by firing the two resort employees for violating resort policy.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for fraternizing with guests or behaving in an unsafe manner,” the resort’s statement said.
“Although there is an active police investigation into these serious allegations, we have terminated the employment of the defendants, as the behavior witnessed by management on tape indicates that they have, at a minimum, violated our zero tolerance policy.”
“Local authorities and paramedics were called to the scene and Pirates Cove management assisted in identifying and locating the two alleged suspects,” the Freeport Resort statement said. “In addition, after police completed their initial investigation, we helped return the women to their cruise ship after guests refused to take them to the hospital.”
The women did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. FBI She confirmed their involvement, but said the Royal Bahamas Police Force was the lead agency.
“Through the FBI Legal Attache Office in Nassau, we have strong, established relationships and stand ready to assist in any way the government of The Bahamas may request,” the FBI said in an emailed statement. “We refer you to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, which is leading the investigation, for any comment on this matter.”
The Royal Bahama Police Force said in a statement issued on February 4 that it had arrested two men – aged 54 and 40 – in connection with the alleged sexual assault. Their names were not published.
In a follow-up statement, the Royal Bahama Police Force told… Nassau Guardian That the women refused medical assistance and signed a waiver before departing for their cruise ship “in a private vehicle.”
“Recognizing the seriousness of the incident, our officers boarded the cruise ship, provided a sexual assault kit and hospital form to the ship’s doctor and obtained signed statements from the victims,” the statement read.
“Initial reports indicate that the incident occurred shortly after noon at Central Grand Bahama Beach. Upon learning of the incident, our officers immediately commenced investigations, resulting in the arrest of two adult males, aged 54 and 40.”
Carnival Cruise Line said the two guests on board the Carnival Elation ship reported the sexual assault, which occurred on an “independent shore excursion,” according to New York Post.
“The on-board care team provided support to the two guests as they sailed back to Jacksonville,” the cruise company said.
As the resort combats the women’s allegations with its own statement, the US State Department and the Bahamas government have traded barbs over the department’s Level 2 travel warning due to high crime levels.
“The majority of crimes occur on the islands of New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport),” according to the report. State Department warning late Januarywhich indicated high rates of violent crimes such as armed robberies and sexual assaults due to gang activity.
Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis came out swinging by saying that many tourist sites share the same level two classification.
“The incidents described in the January 2024 US Embassy Crime Alert do not reflect the public safety of The Bahamas, sixteen tourist destinations, and many other islands,” Davis said on January 29, five days after the US warning.
He said the Bahamas government is “vigilant, attentive and proactive to ensure The Bahamas remains a safe and welcoming destination.”
Almost the entire Bahamian economy is at risk when it comes to tourism, which accounts for about 70% of the country’s gross domestic product and employs just over half of the workforce, according to an October 2022 report by the Ministry of Tourism. International trade management.
The Bahamas was on track to welcome more than 7 million American tourists by the end of 2023, according to a State Department report. Latest investment climate statement, Which was released in 2023.
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