Cruise Law News has been told that a person allegedly went overboard from the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas as the cruise ship was returning from Bermuda to Baltimore earlier this week.
The incident reportedly occurred around 3:00 AM late Wednesday night / early Thursday morning, August 7th.
According to a person on the cruise ship who wishes to remain anonymous, a state room attendant found a note when he entered the cabin on Thursday. The ship was searched, the CCTV cameras reviewed, and the overboard was eventually discovered.
The passenger was reportedly a U.S. citizen, 70 years old and traveling alone. The missing person alert was raised 12 hours or so after the overboard (from the CCTV review).
The cruise ship continued on to Baltimore. It didn’t go back. There appears to be no search.
If this information is accurate, it appears that the incident may have involved a suicide. However, it also illustrates that the cruise line has still not installed automatic man overboard systems as required by the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010. The cruise safety law requires such technology regardless of whether the passenger or crew member intentionally jumped, accidentally went overboard, or was thrown into the ocean.
There are lots of questions which remain unanswered. Did the captain of the cruise ship make any announcements? Why didn’t the ship turn around much earlier and conduct a search? Did the cruise ship notify the U.S. Coast Guard?
Cruise expert Professor Ross Klein have documented 235 people (in addition to this one) going overboard from cruise ships since 2000.
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August 10 2014 Update: This is the second overboard passenger from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the last two months who was not reported in the press or discussed in social media. Three weeks ago, we reported on a passenger who went overboard from the Splendor of the Seas. Fortunately the cruise line personnel quickly rescued him. You can read about that incident here.
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