Passenger Overboard from the Silja Serenade

I received information from multiple sources that a male passenger reportedly went overboard from the Silja Serenade late at night (around 2:00 A.M.) this past Monday, allegedly after a disagreement with other guests on the ship. 

Newspapers in Finland have reported on the incident. One newspaper indicates that a Coast Guard rescue center in Turku received an emergency call from the ship that a person went overboard. Three other passenger ships were reportedly alerted to search for the missing passenger.  A helicopter from Sweden and Navy patrol boats from Kökar and Mariehamn were also called to participate. The search was canceled at around 5:45 A.M. without success. 

Another newspaper reported that the incident occurred in the northern Baltic Sea. The passenger went overboard from the ship's twelfth deck, and fell approximately 30 meters. The water temperature was reportedly around 10 degrees. The man had just left one of the ship's discos just before the incident.  

A passenger last went overboard from a cruise / ferry operated by the Tallink Silja group two years ago. 

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November 22, 2017 Update: Seems that the disappearance from the Silja Serenade last week involved a 21 year old Portuguese student?

Photo credit: Wladyslaw Sojka commons / wikimedia.

Silja Serenade
 

 

Sexual Assault Reported on Baltic Princess

Baltic PrincessAn international maritime newspaper reports that the police department in Sweden arrested a passenger aboard the Baltic Princess on September 30th for raping a younger woman aboard a ferry. The arrest took place when the ship arrived in Värtahamnen, a port in Stockholm, Sweden.  The man was apprehended by security guards on the ferry and then turned over to the police. The woman has been transported to the hospital for examination. Both the woman and the suspected offender were reportedly Finnish citizens.

The Baltic Princess is a cruise ship / ferry owned by the Estonia-based ferry operator Tallink and operated under the Silja Line brand.

Photo credit:  Kalle Id, CC by 3.0, commons / wikimedia.

Man Overboard from Baltic Princess, Rescued

Yesterday, a passenger on the Tallink's Baltic Princess went overboard while the ship was cruising from  Stockholm to Turku.

The young man, in his 20's, fell into the icy waters of the Finnish Archipelago Sea. 

Another passenger witnessed the incident and called for help. The cruise ship turned around and the man overboard was rescued with the involvement of a rescue boat. A Coast Guard helicopter then transported the man to Finland. The rescue operation lasted twenty minutes.

The Tallink Silja group is a major operator of cruise ships in the Baltic Sea between ports in Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Estonia.

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Baltic Princess

Photo Credit: Turun Sanomat newspaper (Finland)