Two moms from Kentucky alleged that they were drugged and raped by employees of a resort in the Bahamas. The resort said surveillance videos conflict with the serious allegations. However, a nurse who treated the two women at the alleged crime scene noted that there’s “no chance that anything was made up.”
As Blaze News previously reported, longtime friends Amber Shearer and Dongayla Dobson went on a Carnival Cruise Line vacation earlier this month. The Kentucky mothers ventured to a beach resort in the Grand Bahamas.
The pair said they each ordered a tropical drink from a resort staffer.
“Less than a few [sips] into the second drink, we knew something was wrong. Something was terribly wrong,” Shearer told NewsNation.
The women alleged that a resort employee led them to an area with shells.
Shearer said the next thing she could recall was waking up while she was being sexually assaulted by a uniformed male resort worker.
“I came to in the process of my rape,” Shearer claimed.
The woman reported their alleged sexual assaults to the resort and local police.
The women underwent rape tests once they returned to the Carnival Elation cruise ship. A breathalyzer test showed the Kentucky moms had little or no alcohol in their systems. However, toxicology tests revealed that they had benzodiazepines, among other drugs, in their bodies.
On the same day as the alleged sex crimes, the Royal Bahamas Police arrested two men in connection with the sexual assaults of the American women. The men were ages 40 and 54.
The Pirates Cove resort fired the two employees because the company has a “zero-tolerance policy” for workers fraternizing with guests in an “unsafe” matter.
“We take great pride in ensuring our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience when visiting Pirates Cove,” the resort said in a statement. “In addition to having safety personnel and CCTV surveillance throughout the resort, employees and vendors of Pirates Cove must follow strict guidelines when interacting with guests. We have a zero-tolerance policy for fraternizing with guests or behaving in a manner that is unsafe.”
“While there is an active police investigation into these serious allegations, we have terminated the employment of the two accused, as the behavior seen on tape by management indicates that at a minimum they violated our zero-tolerance policy,” the Pirates Cove resort said of the ex-employees.
The resort also said that surveillance camera footage “conflicts” with the allegations made by the women.
“Local authorities and paramedics were called to the scene and Pirates Cove management assisted in identifying and locating the two alleged suspects,” the statement read. “In addition, after the police concluded their initial investigation, we assisted transporting the women back to their cruise ship after guests refused transportation to the hospital.”
“Upon further review of the surveillance videos, the allegations made onsite and in subsequent social media posts and news stories conflict with what the time-stamped surveillance videos contain,” the resort management contended. “As such, the lengthy videos of all concerned have been handed over to the local police and will be shared with our industry partners as needed.”
The resort in Freeport urged “all concerned parties to make sure all facts are considered before reaching a conclusion.”
Pirates Cove said it has 16 security cameras installed around its property.
However, a nurse who treated the alleged sexual assault victims asserted that the women were attacked.
Ladonna Batty, a family nurse practitioner from Arkansas who was traveling on the same cruise, tended to the incoherent women at the resort.
“I got my phone out and immediately started charting everything, documenting everything I’d seen,” Batty informed WLEX-TV.
Batty told NewsNation, “You can’t make up puking everywhere and trembling and being scared to death. That’s not something you just make up. It was bad. I’m traumatized from it, and I deal with things like this.”
“Out of my 20-odd years of practicing, it was the worst scene that I had ever had to work,” Batty explained. “It was a horrible situation for both girls.”
Batty declared, “There’s no chance that anything was made up.”
The two moms contend that Carnival Cruise Line should have informed them that the U.S. State Department had increased its travel advisory level for the Bahamas last month, which advised travelers to “exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime.”
Carnival Cruise Lines said of the incident, “Our onboard Care Team provided support for the two guests as they sailed back to Jacksonville. Bahamian police are investigating the matter and Carnival is providing our full cooperation.”
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