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Crew member on Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas threatens suicide, brought to safety

A crew member on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas attempted to commit suicide while the ship was docked at Port Everglades Saturday morning. The man, in his late 30s, was brought to safety.
A crew member on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas attempted to commit suicide while the ship was docked at Port Everglades Saturday morning. The man, in his late 30s, was brought to safety. The Miami Herald

A crew member on Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas attempted to commit suicide Saturday morning at Port Everglades, according to a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman.

The man, in his late 30s, threatened to jump overboard at about 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. BSO spent several hours negotiating with the crew member before getting close enough to prevent him from jumping.

Unfortunately we had a crew member onboard Oasis of the Seas who threatened to harm himself by jumping overboard. Thankfully he did not and the situation has been resolved.

Cynthia Martinez, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman

The man was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

The 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, which was docked in Fort Lauderdale before embarking on a five-day voyage to the Caribbean, typically has more than 2,300 crew members.

Social media posts show that Saturday’s cruise was chartered for California-based fitness company BeachBody. The ship set sail on schedule at about 5 p.m.

“An entire ship charted just for us coaches!” one woman posted.

 

An entire ship chartered just for us coaches! 󾬑󾬑󾬑 Love this amazing company. I can hardly stand the excitement! #oasisoftheseas #ssbeachbody

Posted by Danielle Lee Jolly on Saturday, March 12, 2016

In November, a passenger on Oasis of the Seas jumped overboard. Video taken by another passenger captures the moment the man, Bernardo Elbaz, fell over the side of the ship. Discrepancies on whether the fall was an accident or a suicide attempt have led the passenger’s family to sue the cruise line.

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