SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A senior at Saratoga Springs High School passed away on a cruise ship over the school's break on Tuesday due to what Carnival says may be due to alcohol poisoning.
The Saratoga Springs School District says they were informed Tuesday of the death of senior 18-year-old Seth Younes, who passed away while on a cruise with his family during the February winter recess.
Carnival confirms Younes' death, which they say happened about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26th during an eight-day voyage of the Carnival Miracle which ended later that morning in New York.
The cause of death has not been determined. However Carnival released a statement Wednesday saying: With regard to speculation that he may have died from alcohol poisoning, we can confirm that, based on the preliminary investigation, there is no indication he was served any alcohol by shipboard personnel."
Carnival says, "Following his death, the cruise line contacted the FBI as per standard practice in this type of occurrence. FBI representatives boarded the ship on Tuesday morning to conduct an investigation. No foul play is suspected. We extend our deepest sympathies to young man's family and loved ones during this very difficult time."
Seth was a student in good standing who was on track to graduate with his class this June.
"Our entire school community was saddened to learn this morning of Seth's death," said Principal Brett Miller. "Seth was a very friendly, positive kid who was well-liked by his peers and respected by his teachers. He was a student who was involved in many social groups here at the high school, and his tragic loss is being mourned by all of us."
The crisis response team at the high school, which was activated when the school was informed this morning of Seth's death, is available to support students at this difficult time.
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