Passenger Disappears from SuperStar Gemini

SuperStar GeminiThe Straits Times reports that a passenger from Singapore fell overboard from a cruise ship on Sunday night. 

The newspaper identified the 60 year old passenger as Wuan Poh Fatt, who was on vacation with five other passengers on the SuperStar Gemini sailing from Singapore, where the cruise ship is home ported, to Penang.

The passenger reportedly fell overboard in waters off Tanjung Kling, Malacca, Malaysia around 11:05 P.M. on Sunday. 

The Straits Times reported that the passenger had gone missing was determined to be missing from the ship after he failed to respond to announcements shortly before the ship docked in Georgetown on Monday.

A review of CCTV film revealed a person going overboard Sunday night. 

There have been 280 persons who have gone overboard from cruise ships since 2000 according to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein

A passenger went overboard from the SuperStar Gemini in the Strait of Malacca last year in October. The company contended that the passenger jumped overboard. 

There have been two other overboard cases from Star Cruises ships in the last six years.  A 50 year old Indonesian man fell from the SuperStar Libra in May 2015 and his body was later found by fishermen in Malaysia waters.  In September 2010, a 51 year old Chinese passenger aboard the SuperStar Aquarius lost HK$5 million ($650,000) playing baccarat. He then jumped overboard from the top floor of the 13-deck cruise ship.

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Star Cruises to Release Overboard Video

Agarwal SuperStar GeminiThe Times of India reports that Star Cruises has agreed to show the CCTV video of the circumstances when SuperStar Gemini cruise passenger Raj Kumar Agarwal went overboard from the SuperStar Gemini last week.

As we previously reported, Mr. Agarwal disappeared from the cruise ship on the late hours of October 6th / early morning hours of October 7th under mysterious circumstances.

There is a dispute about what happened.

The cruise line initially refused to cooperate with the family. It failed to show the video of the overboard to the family. It claims that Mr. Agarwal may have taken his own life.

But the family maintains that Mr. Agarwal was a happy person and successful businessman, and that there is no way that he would have committed suicide.

They also believe that their brother was in a great mood during the cruise (photographed standing on the left with one of his borthers during the cruise) but he was reportedly "roughed up" by the Super Star Gemini crew members, according to the Times of India account. 

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Passenger Overboard From SuperStar Gemini

Newspapers in India are reporting that a thirty year old male Indian passenger disappeared in the Strait of Malacca from the SuperStar Gemini operated by Star Cruises.

Rajkumar Agarwal, from Calcutta, India, was cruising with his extended family who boarded the SuperStar Gemini on October 4th. He is the youngest of three brothers and was involved in the family's business.  

He was last seen around midnight on October 6th. 

SuperStar GeminiHis family is complaining that the cruise line is keeping them in the dark regarding what happened. 

Mr. Agarwal's family did not know that he was missing from the ship until the next morning. 

The captain of the cruise ship allegedly said that CCTV cameras recorded someone going overboard around 12.22 A.M. but refused to show the footage to the family.

The cruise ship apparently did not have an automatic man overboard system which would have automatically signaled the bridge that a person went overboard and into the water. 

There apparently were not any type of search and rescue procedures initiated by the cruise line. 

The Malaysian police and the cruise line are apparently claiming that Mr. Agarwal committed suicide. This is a usual defense quickly raised by a cruise line. The newspaper says that the police are theorizing that Mr. Agarwal may have "lost heavily" at the casino. 

But a Calcutta newspaper says that family members describe Mr. Agarwal as "happy, cheerful" person with no history of suicide who "having a great time at the casino." 

You can read additional information here.

The disappearance was first reported on Professor Ross Klein's website.

In March of this year, a passenger went overboard from the Star Cruises SuperStar Libra. His body was later recovered.  

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Man Overboard from Star Cruises MV Super Star Libra

A newspaper in Malaysia is reporting that the body of a man who fell overboard from the Star Cruises MV Super Star Libra was found last night.

The body of Mulianto Raik, age 50, an Indonesian, was found by fishermen in Malaysia waters. 

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Penang Maritime District 2 took possession of the body and Star Cruises Super Star Libra turned it over to the police for investigation.

Mr. Raik had disappeared from the Super Star Libra on Friday March 13, 2015. A search and rescue operation took place after surveillance film showed that he had fallen from the cruise ship. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein at least 247 have gone overboard from cruise ship since 2000.

The cruise ship was originally operated by Norwegian Cruise Line from 1988–1997 as the Seaward and from 1997–2005 as the Norwegian Sea. it has operated from 2005–present as the SuperStar Libra. It is flagged in the Bahamas.

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Gambling Cruise Passenger Loses $650,000, Jumps From 13th Deck

SuperStar Aquarius - Star Cruises - Man OverboardOnlinePoker.net reports that a 51 year old passenger aboard the SuperStar Aquarius lost HK$5 million ($650,000) playing baccarat.  He then leaped to his death from the top floor of the 13-deck cruise ship.

The article identifies the passenger as "Xu" and states that he gambled at the baccarat table until it closed at 8 a.m. on Sunday.  After losing this staggering amount, "Xu then wandered the deck for an hour before he was seen jumping to his death .  .  ." 

A police spokesman classified the incident as “man overboard,” with no suspicious circumstances.

The cruise ship is operated by Star Cruises.