Cruise death ruled a drowning

The death of a Reisterstown woman during a snorkeling tour while cruising in the Bahamas has been ruled a drowning.

Autopsy results released Friday by the Royal Bahamas Police Force said that Carol Olson, 71, drowned last week while snorkeling off Grand Bahama Island.

Olson had been on a cruise with a group from Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown aboard the Carnival Pride, which sailed April 25 from Baltimore. Olson and her husband, Harry T. Olson, were both on the April 30 snorkel tour off Freeport, which they booked through Carnival.

Other passengers on the tour said waves and strong currents over a reef a quarter-mile from shore quickly swept swimmers away from the boat, and many became exhausted trying to return.

Olson was brought back to the boat unconscious, they said. Passengers took turns giving her CPR during the 90 minutes it took to return to the dock, but Olson did not respond.

Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney said the autopsy was performed by a pathologist at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport. No further details were released.

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