Passenger Reported Overboard From Independence of the Seas

Independece of the SeasA passenger reportedly went overboard from the Independence of the Seas last night, according to other passengers who reported the incident on Twitter. 

CruiseNiche reports that the staff of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship confirmed that a passenger apparently jumped from an upper deck of the ship. Other cruise ships, a Coast Guard vessel and helicopter are reportedly assisting in the search. 

AIS (via Marine Traffic) shows the Independence of the Seas heading back toward South Florida, making a series of slow circles. 

There have been 282 prior overboards from cruise ships since 2000.

Update: A local news station is reporting that the overboard passenger was a young man, age 22. 

Search underway for 22-year-old Royal Caribbean passenger who went overboard. Video via News7 Miami.  

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Marie Marino - December 22, 2016 7:57 AM

What is it that so many passengers go overboard? I was on the Ruby Princess a few years back going to Europe, when a male employee from the kitchen jumped approx. one o clock in the morning. We were awaken by the horn that went off. We assisted the rescue from our balcony...They really did a great job getting this person back on the ship. What an experience. The next day the employee was sent home safe and sound. What a stupid way to end your life.

Lori - December 22, 2016 11:20 AM

There are no smart ways to commit suicide.

From the mother of a son who died at age 20.

Jennifer - December 22, 2016 3:16 PM

My family and I were on this cruise and we are so sorry this has happened. A family is going home without their son and our hearts go out to them.

Daniel - December 22, 2016 11:15 PM

My thoughts goes to the people who have tried to save him and to the familly...


Alesia - December 23, 2016 5:41 AM

I was on this ship and my heart and prayers goes out to the family as well as the Capitan and crew members. I'm sure that was a difficult moments for all involved.

Cara - December 23, 2016 11:19 AM

We were on board and woke up to the sound of the helicopter/plane around 330 am and watched the ship's search lights, life boats and the coast guard boat search the water. I feel for the family that has to celebrate Christmas without their son/brother/friend.

Jerry Xia - December 23, 2016 2:01 PM

I was on this cruise ship. Our flight got canceled from Kansas city so we missed 2 days on the cruise. We caught up with our cruise at Costa Maya where the cruise was at its first Port. At 1:50 in the morning we heard men and women screaming from above us. We stayed in our stateroom because we thought we reached Miami(The final destination.) The Next morning the captain told everyone about the incident and the U.S coast guard were still searching for the man.

Newt - December 23, 2016 6:36 PM

My family was on board and saw another ship and lights in the area but wasn't aware of what was going on until the next morning. I wanted to cry for the young man, his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man's family and friends. I wish he could have slept on it and maybe he would have decided to live. RIP

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