A crew member has gone overboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas cruise ship which is currently in the Mediterranean.
Jewel of the Seas Crew Member Overboard
It is being reported by local news that a crew member has gone overboard the Jewel of the Seas cruise ship which is operated by Royal Caribbean. The crew member is apparently a technical onboard the vessel and 27 years old.
The site mentions, the crew member was overboard when the vessel was north of Agios Georgios island which is part of the Greek Isles in the Mediterranean.
The cruise ship was anchored at the time and the overboard occurred at around 4:30 AM according to CCTV footage. It mentions that he fell which is not something that can easily occur, no further details about how it happened are known.
There are Coast Guard assets from Greece searching the area where the overboard occurred. As of writing this, Jewel of the Seas still remains in the area. According to our Cruise Ship Tracker, the ship is now anchored after sailing a search pattern for the missing crewman.
It is no doubt a difficult time for thousands of crew members right now due to the global pandemic. Royal Caribbean is repatriating crew members by sailing them home or arranging charter flights. However, on each ship, a limited number of crew members must remain for essential maintenance and to keep the ship running ready for when cruises resume again.
The cruise line has announced an extension for its pause on cruises through June 11, 2020, with the first embarkations starting on June 12. Not all ships are expected to begin normal operations from that date.
Jewel of the Seas is scheduled to reposition to the United States with cruises out of Galveston, Texas starting in December 2020. The ship is 90,090 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 2,191 at double occupancy along with 852 crew members.
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