The terrible news we heard this week was of another unfortunate death on a cruise ship.
In the early hours of Wednesday the 14th of August, the alarm was raised onboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Symphony of the Seas. Somehow an Australian man had fallen into the sea. Royal Caribbean said the ship immediately turned around after realizing the man had gone overboard and launched a rescue boat.
I do not want to speculate as to what happened as it is not yet clear how the man fell overboard. The cruise line is now working to understand the circumstances around his death.
One of the horrified passengers said that they spotted searchlights in the water between 3 am and 4 am as the crew tried to rescue the man.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said in a statement to media: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on the Symphony of the Seas en route to Saint Thomas this morning. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones for their loss, and our care team is providing support and assistance during this difficult time.”
Symphony of the Seas is the largest passenger ship in the world, weighing 228,000 tonnes. Built at a cost of $1.35billion in 2015, it has been operated by Royal Carribean International since last year. At full capacity, the ship is able to carry up to 6,680 people who are served by more than 2000 crew members.
This is not the first, and probably will not be the last death at sea, and as none of us knows exactly what happened it would be wrong of us to speculate. However, I have done a few cruises and cannot see how anyone can simply fall overboard.
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