U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss says that search crews are looking for a man who "either voluntarily jumped or fell" from a cruise ship overnight near the Florida Keys. NBC News quotes Royal Caribbean saying that that the passenger had "climbed over a railing," based on an after-the-fact review of surveillance cameras.
The cruise ship returned to port in Port Everglades, Florida, as planned this morning.
The incident happened about 20 miles off Marathon, Florida.
A Coast Guard cutter out of Miami and a boat crew based in Marathon are searching for the passenger.
Royal Caribbean has not installed an automatic man overboard system on the Liberty of the Seas, or any other of its cruise ships
This year, people have gone overboard from the Carnival Triumph, Carnival Glory, Star Cruises’ Super Star Libra, Celebrity Constellation, Princess Sapphire Princess, and Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.
Update: “A review of the ship’s closed-circuit camera footage observed a 47-year-old male guest from the U.S. climbing over the railing and going overboard from deck 12,” according to a press statement from Royal Caribbean International.
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