The Pefil newspaper reports that a Brazilian businessman traveling on a Costa cruise ship was reported missing by his wife. He was later found dead on the shores of Rio de la Plata.
The newspaper’s headline is "Misteriosa muerte del pasajero de un crucero – Un empresario brasileño fue encontrado a 50 metros de la costa del Río de la Plata".
Tranlsated, that means: "Mysterious death of cruise passenger – A Brazilian businessman was found 50meters from the shore of the Río de la Plata."
The newspaper identifies the passenger as Odair Marcos Faria, who was traveling with his wife, Maria Cristina Florio Bonafin. They were sailing on the Costa Fascinosa. His wife had reported her husband’s disappearance to the ship’s crew.
The body was found 50 meters from the shore of the Río de la Plata. There is an investigation underway to establish whether the overboard case was a suicide, accident or homicide.
The "Rio de la Plata" (River of Silver) is the estuary formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River on the border between Argentina and Uruguay.
Cruise expert Dr. Ross Klein has documented 229 people who have gone overboard from cruise ships since 2000. 9 people have gone overboard so far this year.
Update: The Clarin newspaper also reports on the case, stating that the cruise was a gift from the man’s children. The newspaper suggests that shortly before the cruise, either the passenger or his wife apparently learned that one had a terminal illness (the translation is unclear).
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