Puzzling death of woman in Sydney on private events cruise ship

The death of a woman on luxury cruise ship near Sydney Harbour, Australia, Lady Rose remained a mystery after KazMayt teams found extremely dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide in the toilet cubicle where the woman was found dead, despite the fact that earlier readings by the fire and rescue teams were said to be “not alarming”.

The woman was found slumped in a confined toilet cubicle on the vessel, owned cruising company All Occasion Cruises Pty Ltd, around Saturday lunchtime. The afternoon readings reflected a “safe atmosphere”, while a reading taken at 20:30 Saturday evening was so high that they reached the highest possible levels that could be recorded by testing machines.

A spokesman for Fire and Rescue New South Wales said that the Saturday night levels were “not consistent with what we found on Saturday,” adding that the readings taken at the time of the incident were of such a safe atmosphere that crews did not even return to the vessel for further testing on Sunday.

Ms Hussien’s body was found on the Lady Rose after she was reported missing by her friends and fellow passengers, who had begun complaining of an overpowering gas-like smell. The 39-year-old was attending a four- hour birthday party on the privately chartered vessel, with around 100 other guests, when her body was discovered by a deck hand. The Lady Rose is licensed to carry up to 475 passengers.

Complaints about a gas-like smell were apparently reported to the vessel’s crew, which prompted the master to attempt to empty the base tanks of the vessel, after which Ms Hussien’s friends told crew members she could not be located. Ms Hussien is said to have been using one of the confined toilet cubicles towards the stern and night have been overcome by gases emanating from tanks in the vessel.

The Lady Rose returned to the White Bay Terminal at 16:00. Lady Rose is one of six charter and luxury vessels owned by All Occasions

 

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