Search and Rescue Underway for Overboard Crew Member from MSC Seaside

A crew member from the MSC Seaside has been reported going overboard last night south of the Virgin Islands.

A passenger on the MSC cruise ship notified me this morning of the incident.  Florida resident Brett Morphis stated that the ship used spotlights to search for the crew member starting around 3 A.M. and continuing throughout the night.  The captain of the ship made an official announcement around 7 A.M., followed by a second announcement this morning stating that the search was continuing with prayers for the crew member.  A U.S. Coast MSC Seaside OverboardGuard helicopter and a Carnival ship (the Carnival Glory) as well as smaller commercial vessels reportedly were all engaged in the search. AIS systems seems to show that the MSC Seaside turned around west of the Virgin Islands and returned to a spot where the ship believed the crew member went overboard. 

It is unknown whether the MSC Seaside was equipped with an automatic man overboard system which would have instantly alerted the bridge when the crew member went over the railing. 

Last October, MSC Cruises announced that it installed a state-of-the-art man overboard system on the MSC Meraviglia and is planning to deploy similar systems across its fleet of cruise ships.

The man overboard has been identified as a 37 year-old crew member from the Philippines.

A news report from Puerto Rico states that the crew member "went overboard from the seventh deck of the Maltese-flagged cruise ship at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday. The cruise ship crew launched a search and contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at approximately 4 a.m. alerting them of the situation."  If this account is accurate, it is unclear why there was a three hour delay by the cruise ship in notifying the Coast Guard of the man overboard.   

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Misty T Nemeth - May 16, 2018 9:22 AM

Praying for all involved.

Marsha - May 16, 2018 9:49 AM

I just posted a video of the captains announcement on my account. Instagram rucciangel

SANDY LEWELLYN - May 16, 2018 12:51 PM

I am so sad to hear of this. It seems that this is happening all too much on cruise ships. My heart and prayers to all family, friends, and loved ones of missing crew member.....

Scott A Cutler - May 16, 2018 2:19 PM

search has been taken over by coast guard and we are on our way to Bahamas

Vynne Jacoby - May 16, 2018 2:44 PM

Just disembarked the ship on Saturday. Sad News . Praying for a good outcome .

Shirley Rochfort - May 16, 2018 3:56 PM

I am on the MSC Seaside at the moment we have searched all day for the missing person to no avail. So sad for his family don’t hold much hope of finding him really

Lungisa - May 16, 2018 11:29 PM

Im a crew member of msc and this news have devistated me.sadly for his family and all affected..

Tim King - May 16, 2018 11:33 PM

The general public has no idea of the criminal activity, far too many man overboard occurrences or the other unsafe situations passengers on cruise ships are exposed to. Due to their lack of honesty and transparency of the private security aboard these foreign flagged vessels !!!!

Elizabeth Gray - May 17, 2018 12:45 AM

All my prayers are with you young man, and to all involved to find him.

DONNA RICHARD - May 17, 2018 8:47 AM


Cheryl Antonides - May 17, 2018 10:11 AM

I am heartbroken to hear this sad news. We just finished our week long cruise last Saturday and all of the crew were amazing. Prayers for all involved.

Henry majaba - May 19, 2018 9:47 AM

Thank you for your anguish to my brother. As of now i dont have new information to my brother if he found or what.. Please help us can you message me at my facebook tazmania heaven.. Thak you

Brenda Fay Barnes - May 24, 2018 7:50 PM

I am so saddened to hear about this. I was just on this wonderful ship and enjoyed myself so much. I spent most of my time at the pool near the smoking area. My fav... waitress was Annamarie. My heart goes out to all of you all as well as his family off board

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