Howard Crager, 92 – Natural Causes, Carnival Liberty Passenger, May 24, 2009, Time of Death is unknown.
Cruise ship passenger Howard Crager, 92, from Bonita Springs, Florida was sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Liberty on May 24, 2009 in cabin #7258 when he passed away. After a call from passenger’s wife was received at the guest services desk, medical crew arrived at cabin 7258 and found Mr. Crager without pulse or respiration; he was pronounced dead by ships doctor.
His tribute indicates he was a remarkable human being stating of his travels with his wife, “Their most infamous trip was in 1989 (age 72) to Antarctica aboard the Bahia Paraiso, an Argentine fuel supply ship that sank after hitting underwater rocks. All passengers escaped into the frigid water in inflatable rafts because the life boats were inoperable. It became the worst environmental disaster in the history of Antarctica.”
Note, that the early observations showed that by four days after the Bahia ran aground on January 28, 1989 with over 200 people aboard, a 30 square kilometer area surrounding Palmer Station was covered in an oil slick.
It further goes on to say, “A month after celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary, wife Patricia, died suddenly. At that very moment Howard was undergoing heart bypass surgery. He recovered both physically and emotionally.
Soon-after he enrolled in Oral Roberts University to finally pursue his life-long dream of obtaining a college degree. He moved to Ottawa, Canada and completed his degree in Political Science, graduating from Ottawa University at the age of 80.
He then moved to Florida to fish, golf, and sail. For the past 5 years he has lived in Bonita Springs with his companion, Ingeborg Loempel.”