Reisterstown woman dies in the Bahamas

A 71-year-old Reisterstown woman on an ocean cruise from the port of Baltimore has died while snorkeling off Freeport, Bahamas.

Carol Martin Olson was a passenger aboard the Carnival Pride, which sailed from Baltimore April 25. A spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Lines said Monday that "a female guest" died on April 30, but declined to confirm the victim's name "in deference to their personal privacy." Olson's identity was provided by another passenger on the excursion, and a Reisterstown funeral home said Olson died in "a snorkeling accident in Freeport, Grand Bahama."

Mrs. Olson was on the cruise with her husband, Harry A. Olson, who according to family friends was still in the Bahamas on Monday.

In a statement issued Monday, the cruise line said: "The guest had been participating in a snorkeling tour provided by a third-party shore excursion operator, and sold through the ship. The snorkeling tour has been suspended until further notice."

Carnival would not answer any questions about the incident, and referred queries to Bahamian authorities. In an e-mail message to The Baltimore Sun, Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz declined to provide more detail.

"I can tell you that we have worked with this particular shore tour operator for more than 10 years," de la Cruz wrote. "This was an extremely unusual and tragic situation and we … have suspended the tour and will be taking a close look at the details surrounding what transpired."

An obituary posted by the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel in Reisterstown said Olson was born in Folcroft, Pa., and worked for many years as an executive secretary. She managed her husband's company, Maximum Potential Inc., from its founding in the late 1970s, and was active in her church.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main St. in Reisterstown.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, David Barclay Olson; a sister, Bonnie Lee Cupples; and a grandson.