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Cruise Ship Worker Arrested, Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Passenger

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – A cruise ship worker, upon returning to Port Everglades Sunday, was arrested, accused of raping a passenger and then trying to throw her overboard.

Ketut Pujayasa, 28, was arrested Sunday when the MS Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Ft. Lauderdale. According to authorities the incident occurred early Friday morning off the coast of Roatan, Honduras.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim — a 31-year-old U.S. woman — told investigators she was attacked and raped in her stateroom. The attacker tried to throw her from the balcony, but she escaped and received help from another passenger.

Pujayasa initially left the room but then turned himself in. The report says the Indonesian man told investigators he attacked the victim because she had disrespected him earlier.

Pujayasa is charged with attempt to commit murder and aggravated sexual abuse.

Holland America Line said in a news release Tuesday that it is working with the authorities to understand how the incident occurred and what additional actions the company can take to help ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.

“At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests is our highest priority, and we are shocked and deeply saddened by this incident,” Holland America Line president and CEO Stein Kruse said in the release. “To our knowledge, no incident like this has occurred in our company’s 140-year history.”

The MS Nieuw Amsterdam had been on a seven-day western Caribbean charter cruise that departed Feb. 9, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.

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