This is not what you want to be telling TV reporters after your relaxing ocean cruise: "It was a real life scene of The Shining." Yet that's exactly what Matt Davis was left telling the cameras this week after his experience on the Carnival Ecstasy cruise out of Miami.
Davis, a Fort Myers resident, was aboard the Ecstasy with his family this week when he came upon one of the ship's elevators, only to see a veritable sheet of human blood dripping down the outside of the steel door.
Davis began filming with his cell phone camera; in the video, part of which was posted on Fox4's website, a terrified Davis exclaims, "No that can't be right! No! That's not possible!"
Davis and his family were headed to dinner on the tenth floor, they told the station, when they walked past the ghastly sight. The blood dripping sounded like falling rain, they said, and had a strong stench. A man who had been inside the elevator came running out, and a crew member began directing startled passengers away from the scene. Later an "out of order" sign was placed over the elevator.
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So what the hell happened? Carnival later clarified that the mysterious blood came from an electrician who was injured while working; Miami-Dade Police later identified the man as 66-year-old Jose Sandoval Opazo.
Sandoval died from his injuries, the station reported, and an investigation is still ongoing. A spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department did not immediately return New Times' request for comment.
Below, an image of the elevator. Warning: It's graphic.