A cruise passenger reportedly went overboard from a Norwegian cruise ship this week as the ship was sailing to NCL’s “private island,” Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas, according to the popular Cruise Hive blog.
The blog states that a woman went overboard on November 12, 2019 as the NCL cruise ship Norwegian Sun was near Freeport, Bahamas (where the ship previously called).
A passenger who tweeted about the incident indicated that the ship quickly launched a rescue boat which located and returned the woman to the ship.
WOMAN OVERBOARD last night! That was absolutely terrifying.The crew of the Norwegian Sun should be praised for deploying life preservers within seconds and finding her using the rescue boat within 20 minutes. Amazing. #cruise #overboard #ncl #norwegian #bahamas @CruiseNorwegian pic.twitter.com/KwcqdWnv57
— Kelli Bredeson (@KelliBredeson) November 13, 2019
There are no “official” accounts indicating how or why the woman went overboard (but see the info from Dr. Klein’s CruiseJunkie below).
A passenger who contacted Dr. Klein’s CruiseJunkie website provided the following information:
“From a passenger: On the ship and watched the rescue. Happened off the coast of Freeport in very calm waters with the ship going very slowly on its way to Great Stirrup Cay. Crew did great – from my balcony it appeared that the person climbed into the rescue boat on their own. Very quick rescue. LATER: So word in the ship is that it was a young woman. Jumped off her 9th floor balcony to go swimming. Survived relatively uninjured (a bit of a miracle). Rumor has it she’s in the brig. Cabin 9030 is cautioned taped off. Someone did get full video, so eventually that will be out there.”
According to cruise expert Dr. Ross Klein, there have been 357 overboards from cruise ship since 2000.
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