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Coast Guard searches for man seen in video falling overboard from cruise ship

Courtesy Jennifer St Laurent

The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search-and-rescue operation for a man seen falling into the water from a cruise ship.

The fall was captured on a gripping video posted on YouTube.

 

The incident happened at about 1 a.m. Friday at 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas, according to the Coast Guard.

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship reported a missing 35-year-old male from Brazil. No other information on the missing man has yet been released.

According to a CBS 4 report, the man was spotted by crew members intentionally jumping from the seventh deck to a lifeboat below around 1 a.m., and somehow ended up hanging from a davit used to raise and lower the raft.

In a video posted on YouTube, frantic screams can be heard as passengers and crew apparently desperately tried to pull the unidentified man back to safety, but the man seemed to lose his grip and fell into the dark water.

The cruise ship launched two small boats to begin searching for the male who was last seen wearing a pink shirt and white shorts, Coast Guard reported.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 and MH-60 aircrews are currently searching for the man.

Royal Carribean issued the following statement: “On Friday November 6, while Oasis of the Seas was at sea, 17 miles east of Turks and Caicos Islands, a 35 year old male guest from Brazil went overboard. He was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship. A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched and is currently assisting us with the search. Our Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

The Oasis of the Seas left Philipsburg, St. Maarten on Wednesday and was on its way to its final stop at Port Everglades.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

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