On Sunday we received emails inquiring about a Celebrity crewmember who went overboard from the Summit cruise ship. The Summit was sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it is currently based, to Barbados when the cruise employee disappeared. At the time we had no information.
Today the U.S. Coast Guard issued a statement that the missing crewmember is a Filipino woman, age thirty, employed as a bartender aboard the cruise ship. The cruise line states that she was seen jumping overboard Sunday morning, approximately 6 - 7 miles off the northeastern coast of Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. It is less than clear whether eyewitnesses observed this, or whether the incident was captured on the ship's CCTV cameras.
The cruise ship notified the Coast Guard of the incident from the cruise ship at approximately 12:50 a.m. Sunday. We would be interested in learning when the cruise ship left San Juan, as the incident occurred shortly after departure.
The Coast Guard suspended its search last night.
Royal Caribbean / Celebrity cruise ships have seen the most alleged suicides over the course of the last 2 years. As we have said before, the Filipinos on cruise ships work incredibly long hours and are away from their families for long periods of time. At this point, it is unknown what led this young woman to jump if this is what happened.
A Filipino crewmember allegedly jumped from a Celebrity ship earlier this year - Another Celebrity Crewmember Goes Overboard
You can read about RCCL / Celebrity crew overboards (all nationalities) below:
Does anyone have information about this latest incident?