Midshipman’s Body To Be Returned Home
CASTINE, Maine (AP) _ The body of a 19-year-old Maine Maritime Academy midshipman who died after a weekend brawl between cadets and youths on the Portugese island of Madeira is being flown home.
Paul S. Blauvelt’s body was to leave Funchal, Madeira, today and arrive in Bangor tonight, said Capt. Alfred Bagot, staff executive at the academy.
Portugese police have arrested two people, including the bouncer at the discotheque where the violence began, in connection with the beating and death of Blauvelt, according to the U.S. State Department and Rep. Olympia Snowe.
Mrs. Snowe, R-Maine, has asked the State Department to lodge an official protest with the Portugese government. She cited a report that Blauvelt’s death could have been prevented if police had responded more swiftly to calls for help.
There was a two-hour delay between the first calls to police about the Sunday morning dockside attacks on Americans and the time officers showed up, said Consul General Henry Jones, the ranking U.S. consular official in the Portugese capital of Lisbon.
Local police were ″lacking in judgment if not negligent,″ Jones said in a cabled report.
Blauvelt, a freshman midshipman from Farmington, allegedly was beaten by Portugese youths seeking revenge for his classmates’ vandalism of the discotheque. The academy training ship State of Maine was docked at Madeira harbor during its annual spring cruise.
Blauvelt, who was not involved in the discotheque brawl, was pulled from his taxi when he returned to the dock. His body was later found in the harbor.
The results of an autopsy were forwarded to Blauvelt’s family via the State Department and the academy. At the family’s request, the findings were not made public.