Increasing reports of illnesses and deaths from tourists vacationing in the Dominican Republic have raised concerns regarding the safety of both travelers and those attending Holy Ship! Wrecked in January 2020. For its upcoming iteration, Holy Ship! will dock at Punta Cana and incorporate an all-inclusive resort party as part of its festivities, those of which are slated to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Holy Ship! Wrecked venue is one of the locations in question.
Since last year, eleven Americans have passed away while vacationing in the Dominican Republic and hundreds have reported illnesses on crowdsourced website iwaspoisoned.com. During Summer 2018, the first two deaths noted were of American tourists Yvette Monique Sport and David Harrison who died while staying at the Bahia Principe Bouganville Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cuna respectively. The Dominican government reported both causes of death as pulmonary edema and heart attack.
In April of this year, another American tourist Robert Wallace fell ill after drinking a Scotch from his mini bar and died a day later. He was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel as well. Eight more tourists have passed away since then, prompting the FBI to investigate and causing many tourists to re-evaluate their own experiences. The FBI are currently awaiting toxicology reports which could take up to a month to complete. Some possible theories for the deaths include improper food handling, overuse of pesticides, and bootleg liquor being served. The Bahia and Hard Rock Hotels have released multiple statements stressing their top priority as ensuring guests’ safety.
H/T: EDM Identity