This evening a number of news organizations are reporting that a crew member went overboard from the MSC Opera cruise ship.
BBC News reports that the crew member went overboard when the cruise ship was south of the Isle of Wright.
The News identified the crew member as a 33 year-old Indian national named Fernandes Elroy.
The cruise ship was sailing into Southampton early this morning.
MSC Cruises said staff were alerted at 5:30 AM on today that Mr. Elroy was missing. The company claims that CCTV, which was checked at 6:30 AM, allegedly showed Mr Elroy jumping overboard around 1:30 AM, according to the The Isle of Wright Radio.
A Coast Guard helicopter and lifeboat carried out an unsuccessful search.
We have reported before on disappearances from MSC cruise ships in the past which you can read about here and here and here.
There is usually very little, if any, investigation conducted by the cruise lines to try and find out why crew members disappear on the high seas. Few cruise lines have automatic man overboard detection systems, unfortunately. There is a tendency by the cruise lines to quickly conclude that the person committed suicide. Even if the evidence supports a suicide explanation, there is no effort to determine whether the working conditions (long hours, long contract, low wages and work pressure and emotional abuse) were factors involved in literally pushing the crew member emotionally over-the-edge.
Professor Ross Klein reports that 206 people have gone overboard from cruise ship since 2000.
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Consider reading another article about working conditions and crew members going overboard: Is Royal Caribbean Working Its Crew Members to Death?
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