I have received inquiries from passengers about a man overboard from Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas last month. The incident seems to involve a passenger who jumped into the water early one morning. He was promptly rescued. Most people are asking why hasn’t there been any news account of the incident?
One passenger provided the following account, and asked “is RCCL keeping this under wraps? The Captain and crew should be congratulated.”
“He was a 20ish American male passenger on ship with his parents and a brother. He apparently tried to start a fire in the early morning and security was called. He was extremely inebriated. When security arrived he ran and jumped overboard. This happened around 4:30 a.m. on the 13th of June. Around 4:45 or so Oscar, Oscar, Oscar was called out by security who saw him jump, and the Captain turned the ship immediately.
I was awoken at 5:00 a.m. from the loud sound of the stateroom as the ship was sharply turning. The walls of our room “groaned” loudly. As I got up and walked to my veranda, I realized we were listing badly toward the sea. As I got outside, I smelled smoke. Then we spotted someone (we were on the 8th deck) below us throwing out a flare. There were 3 flares in the water by now – thus the smell of smoke. We then heard “help” hollered out 6 times just off our side of the ship.
Then a life boat came about around the front and went directly to him. We were very close to this but could not actually see them lift him out. It was black out. However, they announced “we have him, he’s alive, will be going to Medical.” We heard a very few folks clapping from above us.
We heard he went to Medical and stayed there until we disembarked on Saturday the 14th in Venice. As we came into port, the pier was on our side of the ship. We saw Policia drive up and 3 uniform men got out and boarded our ship.
This was RCCL Splendour of the Seas “7-Night Greek Isles & Turkey” cruise from June 7-14, 2014.”
Were you a passenger or crew member aboard the cruise ship when this incident occurred? Do you have any information, photograph or video to share? Please leave a comment below and let us hear from you,
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