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Royal Caribbean crew member was last seen on the way to Mexico. He’s been missing since.

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas sails into Port Everglades on Oct. 3, 2017, after picking up more than 3,000 hurricane evacuees in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix.
Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas sails into Port Everglades on Oct. 3, 2017, after picking up more than 3,000 hurricane evacuees in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix. emichot@miamiherald.com

A 27-year-old crew member on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas disappeared from the ship on Nov. 22 and has not been found.

On Thursday morning when the ship was at port in Cozumel, Mexico, its final stop on a five-night sailing, the crew member did not show up to work. He was declared missing after a ship-wide search. A Royal Caribbean spokesperson said a review of the ship’s security camera footage shows he was on Deck 4 at 4:11 a.m. when the ship was en route to Cozumel. He was not seen after that.

Royal Caribbean notified the Mexican government that he had gone overboard on Thursday. Adventure of the Seas continued on its originally planned route back to its home port in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday and began its next sailing that same day. Mexican authorities are in charge of searching for the crew member, who is a British national.

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Adventure of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s 25 ships. It holds more than 3,000 guests and 1,100 crew members.

Earlier this year a passenger went overboard off the shore of Virginia on another Royal Caribbean ship, Anthem of the Seas. The U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for him less than 24 hours later.

A 2010 federal law requires cruise ships to have technology to detect overboard incidents as soon as they happen “to the extent that such technology is available.” Most cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, do not believe the available overboard detection technology is reliable, and its ships do not have it.

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