'Shooting attack' on cruise Britons
Published 18/03/2013 | 16:51
The Foreign Office is investigating reports that two Britons have been shot by a robber while on holiday in Barbados.
The pair - believed to be a man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s - were hit during a stopover while enjoying a Caribbean cruise.
A Government spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident involving two British tourists in Bridgetown, Barbados. We are providing consular assistance."
It is thought the woman was shot in her right thigh and the man was hit in his left side. The victims were on a P&O Cruise.
A company spokesman said: "Two passengers on Adonia have been hospitalised in Bridgetown, Barbados, following an incident on shore. Local authorities are investigating. Our shoreside customer care team and ship's medical team are providing support as necessary.
"Adonia is on an 85-night world cruise which left Southampton on January 8, 2013 and will arrive back in Southampton on April 3, 2013."
The shooting happened on Sunday afternoon with horrified tourists and passers-by rushing to help give first aid before they were taken to hospital.
It is not believed they are in a life-threatening condition.
The Daily Mail reported that the Royal Barbados Police said the attacker stole the woman's handbag and fled.
A police spokesman said: "It appears the incident was a robbery, the female's handbag was stolen. We can tell you two British tourists, a couple, received gunshot wounds."