As a follow-up to my January 29 posting, "Update: Cruise Passenger from SC Jumps from One Deck to Another, Dies,"the 26-year-old South Carolina resident who jumped from an upper deck to a lower deck aboard Carnival's cruise-ship, Fantasy, and was killed, has been identified as Walter Bouknight. The incident occurred last week while the Fantasy was moored in Nassau.
COMMENT: It is unknown what prompted Mr. Bouknight to jump from the upper deck to begin with, unless an autopsy reveals forensic evidence as to his intent, including his possible blood alcohol level.
As many of readers know, there is a popular and life-threatening prank that has become a frequent occurrence at trendy tourist hotels in Europe, called "balconing,"which involves young adults, often intoxicated, to jump from one hotel balcony to another.
In recent years, particularly in Spain, this practice has irreversibly ended the lives of several tourists and permanently maimed others who had far more bravado than common sense.