Tonight local ABC Channel 6 news station aired a special program Missing at Sea regarding the disappearance of cruise passenger Jason Rappe’ from the Eurodam cruise ship operated by Holland America Line (HAL).
Mr. Rappe’ went overboard last November after participating in a "Pub Crawl" on the HAL cruise ship where the cruise line plied the passengers with alcohol at various locations.
You can see some video of Jason on the deck after the cruise sponsored drinking event. Curiously, there has been no clear video released of Jason going overboard.
Although the Cruise Vessel Safety & Security Act requires cruise lines like HAL to install systems to signal when cruise passengers and crew members who go overboard so that the cruise ship can promptly respond, HAL had no such systems in violation of the new cruise safety law.
Cruise lines are also responsible when they over-serve passengers alcohol.
The FBI and Coast Guard are suppose to disclose to the public on an online database when crimes occur or when passengers go overboard but the database does not even mention Mr. Rappe.’
You can read an article about the program here by Jason’s brother Eric who was featured in the program.
See photos about the case here.
You can read our prior articles about this case:
Passenger Missing From HAL’s Eurodam Cruise Ship – Why Do All HAL Overboard Cases Remain Mysteries?
Family Searching for Answers After Disappearance Aboard Holland America Line Cruise Ship
Best of Cruise Line Hate Mail: Holland America Line Wins the Award
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