Late yesterday afternoon, a young man was reported overboard from the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas which was heading back to its home port in Bayonne, New Jersey at the time of the incident.

The overboard occurred around 4 P.M. yesterday. The Anthem arrived in Bayonne early this (Saturday) morning. 

The cruise ship was returning from a trip to the Bahamas.

Anthem of the Seas OverboardA passenger on the Anthem stated that a "an overboard alarm sounded onboard the Anthem of the Seas . . . followed by (an) announcement saying they are searching ‘for one of your fellow passengers,’and asking passengers to stay clear of the decks where they are operating life boats. They are asking passengers to keep a look out. The ship did a hard turn to return to the man overboard spot."

We reported the incident on our Facebook page

Royal Caribbean has released a statement stating that “we are sorry to report that a guest on board Anthem of the Seas was observed intentionally going overboard while the ship was en route to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.”

The passenger was reportedly a 24-year-old man from the United States. Passengers on the ship state that he apparently jumped from an upper deck near the stern of the ship. 

The Norwegian Gem participated in the search which was not successful in locating the passenger. The U.S. Coast Guard also sent search aircraft.

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  • Karen

    Was on this boat at the time the man went overboard. We are so very sad for this young man and his family. Prayers sent.

  • Peg

    Lifting up the family of this young fellow in heartfelt prayer. We were on the ship and scanned the ocean for him from our balcony. I’m sure many other passengers were in prayer as well. May he Rest In Peace

  • Audrey

    Sending prayers to the family of the young man. I was a passenger on the ship and want the family to know that time stood still when this happened and everyone stopped to help with the search for your loved one. May he Rest In Peace in Gods loving arms.

  • Jeffrey civitello

    My family and I were on the GEM and actually were the ones to report seeing the orange life preserver. So very sad. Very poor system in place. Not enough safety and emergency alerts. No emergency push button. We had to go find staff. No one had binoculars. Uggg. So frustrated. We spent 4 hrs outside in cold praying to see him. The two ships stayed and the coast guard were amazing. Sorry to the family.