An Australian man has died after falling overboard from Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of Seas cruise ship in the US Virgin Islands early on Wednesday morning.
A spokesperson for the cruise ship company confirmed the tragic death of the man, who has not yet been identified.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on the Symphony of the Seas en route to St. Thomas. 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,” the cruise ship company said in the statement.
After reports that a man had gone overboard, the Symphony of the Seas immediately launched a rescue boat and conducted a full-scale search, the spokesperson said, adding: “We are working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in their investigation.”
Meanwhile, a woman onboard the ship from Florida told 2GB, passengers on the ship weren’t notified about the incident until 3.30pm that afternoon.
“The captain was on the intercom. He was like, ‘Oh, a man fell overboard, and unfortunately he was deceased. This happened about 4am’,” according to Nickella Battle.
The ship, which was heading for St Thomas at the time of the tragedy, was on a seven-day cruise through the eastern Caribbean and was due to return to Miami, Florida on Saturday.
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokesperson said in a statement, obtained by Starts at 60: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, should it be requested. Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.”
Meanwhile, the incident comes just a month after a toddler tragically died after she reportedly slipped from her grandfather’s arms and fell from the 11th deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, which was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
More to come.