A reader of Cruise Law News informs us that a crew member from a Celebrity Cruises ship disappeared at sea.
Indian crew member Anthony Rodrigues went overboard on March 10, 2011 from the Celebrity Constellation. Mr. Rodrigues was a 19 year employee of the cruise line. His family members in Mumbai were not notified for two days and were not given an explanation for him going overboard.
Unfortunately, overboards from cruise ships in the Royal Caribbean / Celebrity Cruises fleet appear to be a regular occurrence. Two weeks ago, we wrote an article about another crew member from India disappearing - Crew Member Missing from the Grandeur of the Seas - Why Are So Many People Disappearing From Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships?
Of course, missing crew members are not limited to Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Yesterday, we commented on a Carnival crew member who went overboard - Carnival Cruise Employee Goes Overboard - Does the U.S. Media Care When Foreign Crew Members Disappear at Sea?
There is no official database of passengers and crew who go overboard from cruise ships. The cruise lines say that this is something that they just don't track. Perhaps they should start studying the problem. The best source for tracking cruise overboards is cruise expert Professor Ross Klein's website which lists 155 overboards in the past ten years.
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