Holland America said it is investigating the deaths of two crew members, which occurred Friday aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship. Photo by Cybergoth/Wikimedia Commons

March 23 (UPI) — Two employees died on board a Holland-American cruise ship this week, according to a statement from the cruise line.

The company’s ship Nieuw Amsterdam was calling at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas when the two crew members were killed in a “technical area incident,” according to a statement from Holland America.

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A Holland America spokesperson told the press that the incident occurred around 9:20 a.m. local time on Friday.

Holland America said it has notified authorities and the incident is currently under investigation.

“All of us at Holland America Line are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our team members during this difficult time,” the company statement said.

“The safety, security and well-being of all guests and crew are the company’s absolute priority.”

The Nieuw Amsterdam is currently on a seven-day tour of the Caribbean, departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 16.

Holland America said it is offering counseling services to employees affected by the incident.

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