Coast Guard Finds Body of Man who Went Overboard Cruise Ship

Nellie Chapman
January 23, 2020

Begnaud reported on Twitter that U.S. Coast Guard surveillance video shows a "clean jump" by the victim, who dropped 177 feet from the deck while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico at about 7:40 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Although the divers quickly found the body of the 48 year old man from Naples, Florida, he did not survive the jump. "Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this hard time".

Passengers on board the ship said an announcement was made shortly after and a roll call taken in an attempt to establish who the man was.

The incident involved the Oasis of the Seas ship, operated by Royal Caribbean International, while the vessel was in San Juan Bay, Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad told The Associated Press.

The person being searched for was not identified and no further details were immediately available.

Begnaud added that the U.S. Coast Guard had established a safety zone permitting no ship to enter or exit the port until the investigation is complete.

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The cruise ship was delayed leaving San Juan due to the incident.

Some reports indicate that the man may not have been a passenger on the gay cruise ship but may have instead been working on it.

Oasis of the Seas is now being used for an annual cruise called Atlantis, which caters to the gay community.

A statement subsequently released by Royal Caribbean Thursday morning said the footage indicated that the man intentionally went overboard.

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is now on a 7 night cruise to the Caribbean from Miami, Florida.

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