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Updated: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:13:12 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Cruise ship worker accused of raping passenger



In this photo released by Holland America Line, the new ms Eurodam departs Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, July 5, 2008, on its maiden European voyage. The 2,104-passenger Eurodam is Holland America Line's 14th vessel. Following a series of Baltic cruises, the Eurodam is to arrive in New York in late August 2008 for New England/Canada cruises followed by voyages to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands served as the ship's godmother during naming ceremonies July 1 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Andy Newman/Holland America Line/The Associated Press

In this photo released by Holland America Line, the new ms Eurodam departs Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, July 5, 2008, on its maiden European voyage. The 2,104-passenger Eurodam is Holland America Line's 14th vessel. Following a series of Baltic cruises, the Eurodam is to arrive in New York in late August 2008 for New England/Canada cruises followed by voyages to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands served as the ship's godmother during naming ceremonies July 1 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Andy Newman/Holland America Line/The Associated Press

A cruise ship worker from Indonesia is accused of raping a passenger aboard a Holland America Line vessel and then trying to throw her overboard, authorities said Tuesday.

The FBI reports that 28-year-old Ketut Pujayasa was arrested Sunday when the MS Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The incident occurred early Friday morning in international waters 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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