It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we regret to announce that Nautilus divemaster Hector Peredo has passed away.
On January 19th, while on the Nautilus Belle Amie in Socorro, Hector reported that he had a fever and a slight cough. In line with our strict COVID protocols, we took his temperature, communicated with our on-call physician and placed Hector in isolation with careful monitoring and a respiratory assessment twice a day.
In addition, we informed guests and our hostess team which sanitized the entire interior and exterior shared touch points. There were no other crew or guests reporting symptoms of any kind.
Hector remained in quarantine and we continued to monitor him under the doctor’s instructions. While he initially showed signs of improvement, his fever and cough started worsening, and, on January 23rd. we disembarked him at the port and transferred him to a private hospital for treatment.
While Hector received the best possible treatment, he sadly passed away today. Hector has been an integral member of the Nautilus family and our thoughts are with Hector’s family as they go through this difficult time.
The crew who were onboard this trip were tested for the virus when the ship arrived back in port. The ship was thoroughly sanitized and disinfected by contract specialists and a new captain and crew took the ship over after negative antigen tests. Your safety is our top priority and embarking and disembarking guests will receive complimentary antigen tests on each trip going forward. We will continue to monitor and implement strict health and safety precautions on our trips.