A blogger of international news at the Examiner, Edward Owens, published an interesting article today regarding the disappearance of a passenger from Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas cruise ship.
You will recall that last week, Irish cruise passenger Kenneth John Gemmell went overboard from the balcony of his cabin on the eleventh deck of the Allure cruise ship. The initial reports stated that he "fell," although the cruise line was quick to issue a statement that a review of the ship’s closed circuit television cameras eventually indicated that the passenger "intentionally" went over the railing.
We reported on the incident on February 3rd and have been updating the story since then.
Did Royal Caribbean Send A Crewmember Home After The Incident?
Mr. Owen’s article contains a new twist, perhaps, to the incident. Mr. Gemmell may have argued with a Royal Caribbean crewmember at some point before he went overboard. The crewmember then allegedly left the vessel in Cozumel. Mr. Owens writes:
The family says that some information has already come their way. One party told them that Kenneth may have been arguing with a ship’s crew member (perhaps a bartender) in one of the bars late Thursday night or early Friday morning. They were also told that the crew member, a man they understood was sharing a room with a Canadian citizen, left the ship in Cozumel.
Is this gossip or accurate information? If this is true, then the crewmember would have been removed from the cruise ship before the law enforcement authorities or representative of the flag state (Bahamas) boarded the cruise ship when it returned to port in Fort Lauderdale two days later. If you know anything about this, please leave a comment below and contact the family.
Family Seeks Information
Mr. Gemmell’s family is seeking answers to the circumstances surrounding their son’s death. The article states that they are issuing an appeal to anyone on board the ship who might have met their son during the cruise. They especially wish to hear from the passenger who witnessed him going overboard.
Anyone who has information about this tragedy is asked to email the family spokesperson at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Story credit: Examiner
Photo credit: Kenneth John Gemmell – Anglo Celt newspaper