Search For Overboard Cruise Ship Passenger Ended

Navigator of the Seas
Photo Credit: Roger W (Creative Commons)

The search for 46-year-old David Mossman from Texas U.S. has unsuccessfully come to an end. The Coast Guard said the search stopped on Sunday, March 4 after exhaustive efforts to search for him after going overboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas.

Chris Eddy, search-and-rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th District said:

“We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mossman as the decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and an exhaustive search, our crews were unable to locate him.”

The cruise passenger fell 100 feet from deck 10 late on Friday some time before 11 PM. At the time Navigator of the Seas was 36 nautical miles south of Cray’s fort Reef Light which is located on Florida’s south-east coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard searched 2,583 square nautical miles but sadly with no luck. Navigator of the Seas was also involved in the search when Mossman first went overboard but then later continued with its sailing.

The 142,000 gross ton vessel was sailing a Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the time. Navigator of the Seas can carry over 3,100 passengers at double occupancy.

Our thoughts go out the David Mossman’s family and loved ones during this horrible time.