You can take the boy out of the newsroom...

...but you can't take the newsroom out of the boy
An ocean death puts this newsjunky back in the mix

I'm on a lovely Norwegian Cruise Lines ship The Majesty which plies the waves between Boston and Bermuda this time of year.   I expected a lazy week in the sun stuffing my face with the best food afloat.

1death324_324The tragedy reared its ugly head when a 22 year-old man, apparently full of island rum, decided it was a good idea to slide down the bannister on deck five.

He fell to his death four decks below.

This was around 12:30am yesterday, and by late morning the local Bermuda newspaper, the Royal Gazette and the Boston Globe called me onboard to ask questions. The victim is in the white shirt on right hours before he died.

I had few answers since there was no announcement although I was informed later that the ship did make an announcement while I was ashore. However several passengers whose cabins were near the scene as well as a New York couple who had partied with the deceased and his cousins, related a sad tale of youthful bravado inflamed by demon rum.

1deathstairwell200_400On the right is the 5th deck stairwell he fell down. 

According to the bi-weekly Bermuda Sun;

It was supposed to be a trip of lifetime; more than 20 family members were on the ship, including his mom Doreen, dad Richard Jr. and two sisters Jennifer, 25 and Kerry, 19. They are all absolutely devastated.
Jennifer, his big sister, told us: "We were all looking forward to doing this trip together. We have such a big family and we are so close, but this was a big deal for us all to go together - all our cousins were there, too."

In the photo above Richard Mulloy III is in the white shirt, pictured with his family at The Dragons Sports Bar in St. George’s just before his tragic death. Photo supplied by a family member.

The story in Thursday's Globe is here, and in The Royal Gazette  here

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