Cruise Passenger Allegedly stabbed In Terrifying Attack on Alaskan Cruise Ship

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An alarming incident unfolded in the early hours of Monday morning on the Norwegian Encore, leading to the arrest of a South African crew member, Ntando Sogoni, after he allegedly attacked multiple individuals, stabbing them with an implement which was believe to be medical scissors.

The alleged attack happened just one day into the ship’s current 7-day round-trip Alaska Glacier Bay cruise, which left Seattle on May 5th.

Authorities reported that Sogoni, who had recently commenced work with the cruise line, was observed acting irrationally and attempting to lower a lifeboat without any clear reason early Sunday morning.

Ship security personnel responded promptly and escorted him to the medical center on board the ship for an evaluation.

Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship
Norwegian Encore – Image Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

The situation escalated in the medical center where Sogoni, becoming increasingly agitated, and apparently assaulted a male nurse and one of the security guards.

The confrontation then continued in another room where he attacked two more crew members (believe to be security guards) and a 75-year-old female guest. The female guest had been present in the medical center as she had been feeling unwell and visited the center for medical attention.

In a Facebook post that was allegedly uploaded by the victim’s family, she reported that the crew member just snapped and started lashing out at everyone in the room, trying to stab them with a pair of medical scissors.

The security guards were able to subdue Sogoni and place him in the ship’s confinement facility.

Fortunately for the guest, most of her injuries were defense wounds, however the Facebook post reported that she suffered a minor heart attack and may have a puntured lung as well.

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Copy of Facebook Post With Alleged Details of Incident (Not Verified) has been unable to confirm the veracity of the Facebook post.

Fortunately, none of the injuries sustained in the incident to any crew or guests were life-threatening.

ABC News reported that the FBI arrested Sogoni upon the ship’s arrival in Juneau on Tuesday. He is now facing charges of assault with a dangerous weapon within maritime and territorial jurisdiction, which could lead to a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as determined by federal guidelines.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line highlighted the swift response of the ship’s security team and the immediate medical care provided to the victims.

The company has expressed its commitment to the safety and security of all passengers and crew members, condemning the violent actions and commending the team’s bravery.

Senior leadership from Norwegian Cruise Line has also been actively involved, with executives traveling to Juneau to provide support and assistance to those affected.

As the investigation continues, the Norwegian Encore has resumed its scheduled seven-night itinerary, which includes stops in Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Vancouver Island.

Enhanced security measures and state-of-the-art surveillance systems aboard the vessel have been credited with enabling a rapid response to onboard incidents.

This case remains under investigation by relevant law enforcement authorities who are working closely with cruise line officials to ensure such incidents are thoroughly addressed and future safety is maintained.

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Alan took his first cruise in 1991 and has been cruising ever since. When he is not writing articles for you'll find him either on a cruise ship (he's the guy in the kilt), or on the golf course!

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