Man Overboard from the Adventure of the Seas

Adventure of the SeasEarly this morning we received an email from a cruise passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas alerting us that a man had gone overboard last night. We received this message:

"Man overboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. Close enough to San Juan to be getting AT&T service right now. At about 8:45 - 9:00 PM, the Captain came over loudspeaker and announced that a man had "jumped" overboard. They also said they believed he was in his mid 20s. About 30 - 45 minutes later they announced the arrival of a Coast Guard helicopter. I can verify. When the announcement was made I went on deck and witnessed the ship turning around. They launched life preservers with lights attached as well as two rescue boats. There were spotlights at first and brighter ones joined later. There was talk spreading throughout the shop that people had witnessed the pulling the spotlights out of the theater or ice rink.

I wrote that at about 11 last night. We are now heading to port. Captain told us there would be a 4 hour delay and that he extended condolences to the family. No more information at this time."

There have been at least 219 persons overboard since 2000, according to cruise expert Dr. Ross Klein.

Nine days ago, we reported on another passengers who disappeared from Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas.

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Update Sunday afternoon: The AP quotes a Royal Caribbean spokesperson saying that the captain of the Adventure of the Seas stopped the ship, turned around and alerted authorities after a passenger reported seeing the person going overboard late Saturday.The cruise spokesperson said footage of the incident was also captured by the ship's cameras.  You can read updated comments here.

According to the Coast Guard said that the missing man is Canadian Tien Phuoc Nguyen, age 26, and was sailing with his family.

There is an article in a Puerto Rican newspaper suggesting that the man may have been involved in an argument with his family & under influence of alcohol, and that ship security tried to intervene prior to him going overboard.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail also covered the story.  

 

Photo Credit: Top CC-BY-SA-3.0 / Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

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Lori - December 29, 2013 9:44 AM

That is so sad. It sounds like RCCL tried to do everything they could to save him and to that as a regular cruise passenger and a mother I am grateful.

Costa - December 29, 2013 11:49 AM

So it was his personal decision to quit his life if i understand right, not an accident. So the cruise line and the crew members couldn't prevent that!

ben - December 29, 2013 1:09 PM

Be interesting to see if the guy had been drinking beforehand and how much alcohol he had been served.

Cw - December 29, 2013 2:42 PM

I can confirm this. I was on the ship lastnight. Rumors circled that he had a fight with his family and in the middle of the fight he turned and dove from deck 4 or 5. Very sad news however everything was handled very well by RCCL.

Pat - December 29, 2013 8:55 PM

I was sitting on my balcony and heard him screaming while he was in the sea. Boats were soon in the water searching for him. I couldn't make out words. We were told when we got off the ship this morning that he was not found.

cruiser - December 29, 2013 9:17 PM

People running around screaming when he jumped and heard him begging for help but no one throws him a floatation device??? Is our society so stupid and can't think? No wonder he was not found he had nothing to hold him afloat. Witnesses to him jump are negligent not rccc.

jess - December 30, 2013 3:42 PM

I was on the ship that night.... very sad!! We watched as RC AND US Coast Guard searched for him. Floatation devices were thrown to him- we saw them in the water. The young man was in his stateroom with his family and they had an argument. Security was called to the room earlier and they calmed things down. Argument continued after RC security left the room. The young man jumped from his balcony (Deck 6)and fell into the water. I believe that RC staff did an excellent job handling the situation. Feel terrible for his family. We watched for hours on the top deck hoping to spot him in the water or hoping that the boats would find him.

A - December 30, 2013 6:13 PM

I was on the ship, multiple floatation devices were thrown, lit with lights so that they could be found if they drifted off in the dark. We could hear him (only briefly after the ship had been turned around and he had already been in the water 15-20 minutes), but not see him and by the time they got the smaller boats in the water (currents were crazy) he was gone. Wish people wouldn't comment on what they don't know. No one was negligent.

TJ - December 31, 2013 8:34 PM

My family was on the cruise ship as well and it was a very sad situation. My mom still can't sleep at night she keeps hearing his screams for help. They saw the family throughout the week and they seemed like a happy family. Whatever caused him to make such a rash decision we will never know. But our prayers are with the family. And anyone with negative comments should keep it to themselves you don't know what's going on in someone else's life until you are in their shoes and if you can't understand that then respect the family and what their going thru. The ship, coast guard and everyone involved did their job to try to rescue him. Our family is still praying for him and hope he survived.

Pattie Smith - January 1, 2014 8:42 AM

We were on the ship (6th floor) and witnessed the family's devastation after he jumped. His brother and father were screaming, yelling, and crying and the wife couldn't even stand up because she was so hysterical. We saw medical come up and then eventually the family was whisked away to another floor. Earlier in the evening we witnessed security at their door, apparently due to a fight between the two of them. There were many family members in the hallway (at least 20). I feel for the family. Royal Caribbean handled things very professionally. We were very impressed with their rescue efforts (the light rings that were thrown, the motorized rescue boats that went out, and the fact that the Captain was very transparent about what was going on the whole evening and into the morning hours). Very sad.

julia nwin w - January 7, 2014 2:20 PM

we were on the ship that night it was horrific the captain made an announce ment then the boats were lowered spotlights were put on but nobody could see anything it was so dark we were in our cabin on the 6th deck on our balcony we will never forget it it was a wonderful 2 weeks Christmas cruise until then god rest his soul

Maria Costa - California - January 8, 2014 1:45 AM

Earlier that day I had rated the cruise a 10. Then during dinner, the captain was so honest that I still think about it. It was a horrible experience. I think that Royal Caribbean did a good job doing the right thing. They stayed with the Coast Guard for a few hours helping with the search. Families, don't fight. A cruise is to relax given our busy schedule. Appreciate living in this beautiful world.

Kim - January 9, 2014 4:36 PM

There was six of us on the ship for two weeks and we had a wonderful time until this sad thing happened we will never get over this we cannot stop thinking about that night. our heart goes out to his family, and I would like to thank all the staff on the ship that was involved in this search for the young man some of them and the coast guards put there life's at risk and reacted very quick so all these people who are saying the did not responded quick enough is wrong they did all they could do and we went to bed at three o'clock and the ship was still there searching.

Kim - January 9, 2014 4:38 PM

There was six of us on the ship for two weeks and we had a wonderful time until this sad thing happened we will never get over this we cannot stop thinking about that night. our heart goes out to his family, and I would like to thank all the staff on the ship that was involved in this search for the young man some of them and the coast guards put there life's at risk and reacted very quick so all these people who are saying the did not responded quick enough is wrong they did all they could do and we went to bed at three o'clock and the ship was still there searching.

Kim - January 9, 2014 4:38 PM

There was six of us on the ship for two weeks and we had a wonderful time until this sad thing happened we will never get over this we cannot stop thinking about that night. our heart goes out to his family, and I would like to thank all the staff on the ship that was involved in this search for the young man some of them and the coast guards put there life's at risk and reacted very quick so all these people who are saying the did not responded quick enough is wrong they did all they could do and we went to bed at three o'clock and the ship was still there searching.

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