One vacationing couple has returned from a cruise they will never forget -- and for all the wrong reasons. In fact, the last night on board a Carnival Cruise ship for couple Matt and Susan Davis quickly turned into a nightmare after they witnessed what is believed to be the grisly death of a cruise employee in a scene that is reminiscent of the horror movie The Shining.
The couple was on board the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy, hoping to enjoy a final dinner at a restaurant located on the 10th floor of the ship. But when they turned a corner to board an elevator to the 10th floor, they were met with a gruesome sight.
Blood was pouring from the elevator in front of them, creating ghastly red puddles in front of the elevator doors, which were struggling to close. So much blood was pouring from the elevator that, the couple says, they could hear it, saying that it sounded like rain. They could smell the blood, as well.
To Matt Davis, it looked like a scene from a horror movie.
"To look and see the elevator with just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping was (like) a real life scene of The Shining," Matt Davis told Fox 4.
Indeed, there is a scene in the iconic horror film that is eerily similar to the one Davis himself filmed. In the 1980 film starring Jack Nicholson, an "uncontrollable geyser of blood" explodes out of a hotel elevator at one point.
To compound the real-life horror, a man was inside the elevator and actually had to run through the sheet of pouring blood to exit, the couple said.
In the video, a Carnival Cruise employee can be heard trying to redirect the horrified passengers away from the gruesome elevator, exhorting them to come into a restaurant.
A woman can also be heard saying, "The man working on the elevator up there."
At one point, someone can be heard crying out, "No, that can be possible; no this can't be right!"
During all the bedlam, Davis says there were several crew members hustling passengers away from the bloody scene, but no one was initially forthcoming with any explanation for the massive amount of blood raining from the elevator.
The bloody scene can be viewed in detail below, but warning -- the content of the video is graphic and some viewers may find it disturbing.
Forty-five minutes later, the site had been covered with white draperies and cordoned off with a strangely cheerful sign by the elevator reading, "Sorry, but I'm not working at the moment."
Even though no response or explanation was given initially to the horrified passengers of the Carnival Cruise ship,Matt Davis, the passenger who witnessed and filmed the chilling scene, said that a waiter later told him that an electrician had gotten hurt. Eventually, a Carnival cruise supervisor said a man had passed away.
"A crew member or somebody was inside or behind that wall when the elevator came down, and I don't know what happened, but something terrifying happened," Davis said.
The Miami-Dade Police Department is currently investigating the death. And the victim, according to an email from a spokesperson from Carnival Cruise, is 66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opazo. Opazo was an electrician aboard the ship.
The spokesperson also said Opazo died Sunday night, and that the cause of his death is still under investigation.
"I couldn't wait to get off the ship. I just wanted to get off," Matt Davis said.
Fox 4 reached out to Carnival headquarters in an effort to "learn more about the cleaning process" and to determine whether or not that particular ship is still in use, but there has been no response.
The couple who witnessed the gruesome moment says that the company has offered to pay for them to attend three counseling sessions in order to help them come to terms with the horrifying sight they witnessed.
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