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Cancer on the Lido Deck: Clean Team Enters Scientology's S.S. Asbestos

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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DEVIL IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA? Freewinds (Photo: Wikipedia) A special team from the United States, supervised by an independent bureau from the Netherlands, has arrived on the Caribbean island of Curacao to remove asbestos from Scientology Cruise ship Freewinds, according to Amigoe, the longest running daily paper in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The Freewinds is still reportedly sitting high and dry at a Curacao facility owned by docking company CDM.

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The company managing the cleanup is Ft. Lauderdale-based "woman owned" AirQuest Inc. A staffer answering phones at the company said the entire staff was on the job and "incommunicado." Neither CDM's director, a spokesperson for the company, nor Tico Ras of Curacao's Environmental Service bureau were available. In the Amigoe article, Ras says the seriousness of the asbestos threat is "a matter of interpretation." So, for instance, if you breathed in blue asbestos on the ship, you might die. Or you could get lucky, dodge any potentially cancer-causing particles, and live out a life of religious fulfillment.

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