A crew member from Royal Caribbeans Vision of the Seas cruise ship has gone missing. Passengers on the ship posted about the missing crew member online and the popular Cruise Law News site is also reporting on the sad news.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship was coming to the end of a 5-night cruise to Mexico when according to guests onboard announcements were made that a crew member was missing on the evening of December 8. The unnamed crewman apparently never completed his shift and a search had been done until early the next morning.

The missing crew member worked on the pool deck on deck 9 and at the time there was bad weather with at least 15-foot waves and high winds. It is believed that the crew member may have gone overboard in some way due to the bad weather conditions.

Vision of the Seas arrived back at its homeport of Galveston, Texas on Saturday, December 9 with no good news regarding the missing crew member. The ship is 78,500 gross tons and can carry almost 2,000 passengers at double occupancy.

It’s so sad hearing about this and no doubt the cruise line is looking into the details about what happened. Cruise ship open decks can often be very dangerous in bad weather at sea, with high gusts and motions it can be easy to slip. Usually cruise ships will close the open decks when sailing through bad weather to keep guest safe but unfortunately, the crew working on the open decks this could be different.

Our thoughts go out to the crew members family and friends back at home and onboard Vision of the Seas. Please stay safe crew members no matter what ship you are on.