A British passenger is missing in the sea off the coast of Mexico after going overboard from the biggest cruise ship in the world. Crew on Allure of the Seas were alerted by a fellow-passenger who saw the 30-year-old man go over the rail of his Deck 11 cabin balcony as the ship was approaching the port of Cozumel this morning.
Coastguard and navy vessels are still conducting a search.
Allure left Fort Lauderdale on Sunday for a seven-day western Caribbean cruise with more than 6,000 passengers and 2,000 crew. Cozumel is the last of three ports of call. This week’s cruise is a gay and lesbian charter organised by Atlantis Events.
A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said: “As Allure of the Seas was sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, a guest witnessed another guest going overboard. The ship made multiple public announcements and began a complete search of the ship, in efforts to locate the guest. When the guest did not respond to the pages and was not found onboard, the Captain alerted the local authorities of the situation.
“A review of the ship’s closed-circuit camera footage observed the 30-year-old British guest going over the balcony railing in his stateroom on deck 11. The location of the ship at the time the guest went overboard was marked on the ship’s Global Positioning System (GPS) and the U.S. and Mexican Coast Guard were alerted.
“Allure of the Seas, along with the Mexican Coast Guard, Mexican Navy and the pilot boat, are conducted a search for the missing guest. At approximately 9:30 a.m.,
“Our care team is providing support for the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”