Tracy Wright and Ronda Boomershine flew from Troy, Ohio to seek answers about their oldest sister’s death while on a cruise to Bahamas.
53-year-old Robin Fair died a day after her birthday, alone in a hospital in Freeport.
Her sisters said no one in the family knew Fair was dead until Fair’s boyfriend and traveling companion returned to Ohio and told them.
The family had to transport Fair’s body back to Ohio for her funeral, but said they still had questions.
The sisters said Fair boarded the Paradise Cruise line ship Grand Celebration March 4 for a three day birthday cruise. But by March 6, she was dead, and the sisters said no one has been able to tell them exactly what happened.
The sisters said it’s been difficult to figure out from phone calls to Florida and the Bahamas where Fair was when she collapsed, what happened to her, and whether she was still alive when she was taken to the Freeport hospital.
“We knew she had dinner reservations (on board) and she was eating at 8:30 pm is what one person told us, then at 9:25 pm a distress call was called – a code blue,” said Boomershine.
The sisters said Paradise Cruise Lines told them the ship’s captain turned the boat around and went back to Freeport where Robin was taken to the hospital.
The Bahamian death certificate said she died of asphyxia/airway obstruction by food.
But the sisters said various cruise line representatives have told them conflicting accounts.
“Instead of answers we got more confusion; I mean, now they're saying she wasn't choking,” said Wright.
They said Fair’s boyfriend said he wasn’t there and doesn’t know what happened to her.
The sisters said late on the second day of seeking answers they were able to meet with the Miami attorney representing the cruise line, who told them he was still investigating, but would seek the autopsy report and try to find out more.
The sisters asked that if anyone who was on MS Grand Celebration (March 4-7) and witnessed what happened to their sister, to please contact them.