A cruise ship worker on a Holland America Line cruise ship admitted to raping a passenger and trying to throw overboard from her stateroom balcony, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Ketut Pujayasa, a 28-year-old Indonesian citizen, was arrested when the MS Nieuw Amesterdam returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning.
The victim, a 31-year-old American woman, told FBI agents that her attacker appeared with no warning inside her darkened stateroom in the middle of the night, raped, beat, punched and strangled her and then tried to throw her from the balcony into the ocean in international waters somewhere off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, the New York Daily News reported.
According to the FBI’s criminal complaint, Pujayasa admitted to agents that while he was off-duty he entered the woman’s with his company-issued master key and hid on the balcony waiting for her return.
As Pujayasa viciously attacked her, the brave victim fought for her life. The woman managed to stab Pujayasa with a cork screw and escaped into the hallway, where another passenger offered her first aid.
Pujayasa faces federal charges of attempt to commit murder and aggravated sexual abuse.
The woman was flown by air ambulance to a South Florida hospital to receive treatment for severe injuries as soon as the ship docked.
My heart goes out to this brave victim and her family.
For most people, a cruise ship feels like a safe and controlled environment for guests to relax and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, this relaxed state and sense of security can make us especially vulnerable to dangerous predators. That is why a cruise ship must ensure that the crewmembers they hire do not sexually assault passengers on board the ship.