Published on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Photo by Carolyn, used under CC BY-ND 2.0
The United States Coast Guard is looking for a man that went “intentionally” overboard on Friday around 4 PM according to sources. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas initially circled back and looked for the overboard passengers, before eventually moving towards their destination port in New Jersey.
The Anthem of the Seas was returning to its debarkation port on Saturday after visiting the Bahamas. The overboard passenger was identified as a 24-year-old male traveling from the United States.
Royal Caribbean notified the Coast Guard after the overboard passenger went overboard and began their own search for several hours. The Coast Guard continued search for the missing passenger through the night with no luck.
“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,” a statement from Royal Caribbean to News 12 New Jersey.
From all the news hype, you would think cruise passengers fall overboard every week. From 2000 to 2016, approximately 270 people have gone overboard a cruise ship. The highest recorded number of overboard incidents occurred in 2015, which was 27, followed by 25 passengers in 2009. During independent research, most overboard incidents occur from suicide, drunkenness, or foul play.
Use common sense when you’re on a ship. No one should ever hang over the side of the railing, climbing the railing or doing something stupid that would put you or any other passengers in danger. Most cruise ships have about four foot high railing to protect passengers from falling over. Even if you are very tall, the railing is likely to be waist high. Most past cruises would agree, it is very difficult to fall overboard without help or stupidity involved.