2 Holland America Line Crew Members Killed During Onboard 'Incident' in the Bahamas

The cruise line said that the crew members died in the ship's engineering space

<p>Horacio Villalobos Corbis/Corbis via Getty</p> Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Statendam, leaves the Cruise Terminal on June 03, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal

Horacio Villalobos Corbis/Corbis via Getty

Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Statendam, leaves the Cruise Terminal on June 03, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal

Two crew members on a Holland America cruise ship died following an onboard "incident” in the ship’s engineering space.

Holland America shared the news on Facebook Friday, noting that the two crew members died while onboard the Nieuw Amsterdam ship at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas that day.

The company said that it notified "appropriate authorities" and that the cause of the incident was being "investigated." Holland America did not disclose the crew members' identities.

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“All of us at Holland America Line are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with our team members’ families at this difficult time,” a statement from the company read.

“The safety, security and welfare of all guests and crew are the company’s absolute priority," the cruise line added.

Holland America noted that it was offering counseling services to crew members who "may have been affected by this incident."

A spokesperson for the cruise line told PEOPLE on Saturday that the incident occurred Friday around 9:20 a.m. local time. They added that the ship was on a "7-night itinerary" and left Fort Lauderdale on March 16.

WFLA reported, citing CruiseMapper, that the Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

Related: Florida Man Arrested After 27-Year-Old Woman Found Dead on Cruise Ship Heading to Bahamas

The cruise deaths come days after another cruise incident, in which a Florida man was arrested in the Bahamas after a 27-year-old woman, also from Florida, was found dead on a cruise ship.

The 32-year-old man was arrested by the Royal Bahamas Police Force after a passenger was found unresponsive while their ship was on the island of Grand Bahama. The woman was pronounced dead after a medical team performed CPR on her when she was found unresponsive in her cabin.

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Authorities then “confiscated a quantity of suspected cocaine” from her cabin and arrested the man, with an investigation ongoing. The man and the woman have not been publicly identified, and neither has the cruise line.

"An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death. Investigations are ongoing into this incident," police shared at the time.

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