Cruise Ship Passenger, 20, Dies Under 'Unexplained' Circumstances, Two Others Sick Aboard Norwegian Getaway

A man has died while onboard a cruise ship anchored off the coast of Scotland, with two fellow travelers falling ill and needing to be taken off the giant vessel for medical treatment.

The unidentified 20-year-old man died on the Norwegian Getaway on June 3 just before the cruise ship docked at the Scottish port of Newhaven Harbour in the city of Edinburgh on June 4, the Daily Record reported.

Police said the man's death was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. No further indication was provided as to the potential cause. The Edinburgh News noted that a report on the incident will be submitted to the public prosecutor.

Two other unidentified passengers were also taken off the ship in Edinburgh having fallen ill. Police said the two were "taken into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service in connection with medical matters which are believed to be unrelated to the man's death."

Norwegian Cruise Line, which operates the Norwegian Getaway, did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment on both the death and the evacuation of the two sick passengers.

Emergency crews rushed to the harbor at around 9:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday when authorities were informed that two passengers were unwell, the Daily Record explained. A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said a special operations team and one ambulance were dispatched to Newhaven Harbour.

The Norwegian Getaway—which has a capacity of 3,969 and a crew of 1,640—is so large that it could not dock in Newhaven. As such, smaller tender boats were used to bring the passengers back to shore.

Around 200 cruise ship passengers die at sea each year, according to The Telegraph, though the vast majority are from natural causes. This is a negligible figure considering that some 21.7 million people take cruises worldwide annually.

Last month for example, two passengers on a luxury ocean liner operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises died of "unrelated natural causes" during a four-night trip from Singapore.The pair, aged 61 and 75, were traveling on the company's Voyager of the Seas when they died.

A handful of cruise ship deaths are the result of accidents or even murder. Last year, the death of a 52-year-old woman aboard the Royal Princess cruise ship in the Caribbean prompted a murder investigation. The woman plunged to her death from an upper deck onto a lifeboat after being seen struggling with a man who was choking her.

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The Norwegian Getaway cruise ship is seen docked at Pier 88 in New York City on Thursday January 30, 2014. Getty/Robert Barnes
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