A local newspaper in South Florida is reporting that a man disappeared from the Bahamas Celebration cruise ship operated by Celebration Cruise Line.
CBS Miami states that sometime shortly after 2:00 AM last night, the cruise ship notified the U.S. Coast Guard received that a man from South Carolina was missing from the ship. The article indicates that the cruise line did not know how the man went overboard.
The ship had departed Freeport, Bahamas on Saturday around 6 PM and was heading to its home port in West Palm Beach when the man went overboard.
The cruise line says that it searched for the man but was unable to locate him.
The Celebration Cruise Line is one of many cruise lines which has not bothered to install an automatic man overboard system, in violation of the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security & Safety Act.
A Canadian passenger, Fariba Amani, disappeared from the Bahamas Celebration 2 years ago. Her disappearance remains a mystery.
Cruise expert Professor Ross Klein has documented 231 cases of overboard passengers and crew members since 2000.
This particular cruise ship has been the subject of cocaine smuggling arrests, sexual assault and fire in the last couple of years.
April 29 2014 Update:
FOX 4: "Couple Appalled By Cruise Line’s Rescue Effort to Find Missing Man."
Palm Beach Post: "Uncle says man who jumped off cruise ship not suicidal."
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