Tourism & Cruises

Search called off for Dutch woman who went overboard on MSC cruise ship

MSC Preziosa
MSC Preziosa

Rescuers have called off the search for a passenger who went overboard on the MSC Preziosa cruise ship last weekend, the France-Antilles newspaper reported.

A 69-year-old woman from Holland was not in her cabin when the ship docked at Fort De France, Martinique, on Saturday Dec. 8, MSC confirmed. The cruise line conducted a search for the woman on board and referred the case to local law enforcement when she did not turn up.

Preziosa, a 4,325 passenger ship, was in its final day of an eight-day cruise in the Caribbean when the woman went missing. France-Antilles reported that a helicopter and navy jet searched for the woman through Sunday.

“We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our sincerest sympathies to the family and those affected,” MSC spokesperson Alyssa Goldfarb said in an email.

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 do not believe the available overboard detection technology is reliable, and most ships do not have it. MSC would not confirm whether the MSC Preziosa has overboard detection technology.

Just three weeks ago, British crewmember of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Jack Daniel Ackroyd, 27, went overboard near Mexico. Similarly, crew on that ship did not realize Ackroyd was missing until the ship docked in Cozumel.

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