A passenger has apparently jumped overboard from the large Oasis of the Seas cruise ship while docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Royal Caribbean Passenger Dies After Overboard
We are sad to report that a 46-year-old man from Naples, Florida, has died after jumping overboard off the large Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, which is operated by Royal Caribbean. While the vessel was docked in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, January 22, 2020, the man went overboard.
He apparently went from deck 10 and fell approximately 177 feet into the water below sometime before 7:50 p.m. Rescue procedures were launched by Oasis of the Seas, including boats to search for the passenger in the water. According to local authorities, divers also were used who eventually found the body.
During the incident, no other vessel was allowed to enter or exit the port and a safety zone was established so rescuers could operate most efficiently. Also docked next to Oasis of the Seas was Norwegian Bliss operated by Norwegian Cruise Line. The Royal Caribbean ship had a delayed departure from the port.
The U.S. Coast Guard was involved in the search effort with several assets. CCTV footage had confirmed that the guest intentionally went overboard the cruise ship, which is one of the largest in the world. Many guests also went up to the open decks to try and locate the overboard man. Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends during this very difficult time.
Oasis of the Seas is currently sailing a 7-day Caribbean cruise that departed Miami, Florida on January 19, 2020. The special Atlantis Oasis 2020 voyage includes calls at San Juan, Philipsburg in St. Maarten, and Labadee, which is the cruise line’s private destination in Haiti. The cruise ship is 225,282 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 5,600 at double occupancy.
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