Florida Keys

Royal Caribbean cruise passenger goes overboard in Florida Keys

FILE--Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas arrives in Miami May 11, 2007.
FILE--Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas arrives in Miami May 11, 2007. © Michel Verdure

A Royal Caribbean cruise passenger went overboard around 11 p.m. Sunday night about 20 miles off the coast of Marathon in the Keys.

The Coast Guard said it is unclear whether the man jumped or fell from the Liberty of the Seas, although Royal Caribbean Cruises said in a statement the man jumped.

“A review of the ship’s closed-circuit camera footage observed a 47-year-old male guest from the U.S. climbing over the railing and going overboard from deck 12. The location of the ship at the time the guest went overboard was marked on the ship’s Global Positioning System (GPS), and the ship, along with the Coast Guard, conducted a search for the missing guest,’’ Royal Caribbean said in its statement.

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss said Coast Guard crews aboard a helicopter and a cutter were continuing to search for the man. Additionally, two Canadian Coast Guard ships were also assisting with the search Monday morning, Doss said.

Meanwhile, the cruise continued toward its destination and docked in Port Everglades Monday morning as planned. The ship had departed Port Everglades, on March 19, made a port call to Cozumel, Mexico, on March 21, and returned to Port Everglades on March 23.

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