Costa Magica - January 5, 2006
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Costa Magica Passenger, January 5, 2006
Lynsey O'Brien, 15, a student at Loreto high School, Beaufort, in Dublin, was from Terenure, Ireland. She was on a Costa Cruises' (Carnival Cruise Lines) Costa Magica cruise with her parents, brother and sisters. Lynsey is seen to the right, in the blue jean mini-skirt.
Passengers reported they could hear kids partying in the cabin. Security came up at least 3 times to her cabin. A passenger claimed the young girl was extremely drunk. They and other passengers called security many times because of the noise.
Around 10:30pm some children in the O'Brien party saw Lynsey at a bar on the back of ship being served drinks. She was in the bar using her ship charge card, that was clearly marked as a Children's Charge Card.
First reports said that during the course of the night, her card record shows she was served 12 vodka mixed drinks. (far more than enough to make any adult legally drunk). It also said her cruise card was for a child.
The accident happened in the Caribbean, off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, in the Gulf Of Mexico.
The ship left Fort Lauderdale New Year's Day 2006 on a week-long Western Caribbean itinerary.
According to a family spokesperson interviewed by The Independent, the family wanted to hold somebody responsible for O'Brien's death.
Reports in 2009 stated that the family received a settlement from Carnival Corp of EUR650,000. As part of the settlement Lynsey's sisters Kelly and Imelda and her brother Dean will each get EUR180,000 to be placed in an Irish bank account (EUR540,000). The bartender who served O'Brien was reportedly terminated.
UPDATE: October 10, 2012
A Facebook page put up by the family of another missing young woman who worked aboard a Disney Cruises ship has new information.
While the early reports said O'Brien had a child's cruise ship card and was served alcohol by the bartender in spite of that card. We see from the most recent report on the Facebook page, that was not the case.
The Facebook post slams the cruise industry, the U.S Congress and American President Obama for "corruption" calling the industry and Congress "partners in crime".
The page also says that O'Brien's father Paul is releasing a book in October, 2012, that will be marketed in the U.S. When the book is released in the U.S, a review of the book will be seen here It'a expected the book will cover his take on the incident, what went wrong, why it went wrong and who is to blame.
After the release of the book, Paul O'Brien took his own life.