ST. THOMAS — Minutes before he drowned, cruise operators encouraged a 60-year-old tourist to “walk the plank” at Abi Beach.

John Russo drowned after sustaining a broken neck during an excursion to Abi while visiting St. Thomas on a cruise excursion on Sept. 15, 2015. Janet Smith Russo, John Russo’s surviving wife, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands on Sept. 14, 2017, on behalf of John Russo’s estate. John Russo is identified in court documents as the “Plaintiff’s Decedent.”

— Contact Brian O’Connor at 340-714-9130 or email boconnor@dailynews.vi.