Woman falls overboard on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

A cruise passenger has suffered a terrifying ordeal after falling overboard on her Royal Caribbean cruise and being left stranded
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A cruise passenger has suffered a terrifying ordeal after falling overboard on her Royal Caribbean cruise and being left stranded for 38 hours at sea.

The 32-year-old woman fell over the ship’s guard rail while she was sight-seeing and was left to swim for her life and drift in the water without a life jacket.

She reportedly screamed for help, but to no avail.

The ship was travelling from China to Japan when she fell, plunging into the icy waters below.

South China Morning Post said she called out to other passing ships, but they didn’t hear her.

It wasn’t until a fishing boat spotted her 38 hours later that she was finally rescued and taken to hospital with blisters on her arms from jellyfish stings.

As anyone who has been on a cruise ship will tell you, they are incredibly high and her fall was equal to that of a seven-story building.

The coastguard says she was lucky to survive the fall, let alone the cold water and elements.

Cruise ships usually have strict safety rules so it is not yet known how she fell over in the first place or why it went unnoticed for so long.

There are calls for a review into the incident with passengers saying there should be a better system in place to track people on board.

The horrifying story begs the question: do you feel safe on cruise ships?

Royal Caribbean has a reputation as one of the best in the business, but there are concerns now that passengers can easily go unaccounted for.

Do you feel safe on cruise ships? Have you ever been on a cruise?

  1. Wendy Mulligan  

    I have been on two cruise ships and have always felt completely safe. How a person manages to fall overboard is beyond me! The guard rails are waist high! Was no one travelling with her? Or sitting at dinner with her? We’ve had calls to ask why we have not been to meals at our designated restaurant as we preferred the buffet.

  2. Wendy Mulligan  

    I have been on two cruise ships and have always felt completely safe. How a person manages to fall overboard is beyond me! The guard rails are waist high! Was no one travelling with her? Or sitting at dinner with her? We’ve had calls to ask why we have not been to meals at our designated restaurant as we preferred the buffet.

  3. Wendy  

    Not sure how she fell overboard to do so she must have been on the safety rail because there is no other way. Have been cruising many times and can’t see how this could happen. We have even had kids on board that it has never happened to. The ships are a fair way out of the water so I am suprised she wasn’t further injured. I don’t believe Royal Caribbean can be blamed for this incident because they take every precaution so it won’t. To me the person either wanted to jump overboard or was skylarking around. If someone was near her when it happened how come it wasn’t reported ?. Even big cruise ships turn around ( have been on one that did) . So surely somebody would have realised she was missing

    • I agree either skylarking or deliberate,have seen some younger cruisers do silly things ,think they enjoy the danger,Like sitting on the rails etc.

  4. Anne Percy  

    I think there is more to it than falling overboard while sightseeing. She must have climbed the railings. I have been on lots of cruises and the railings are high.

  5. Sandra  

    The ONLY question is why did she ‘fall’ overboard? She MUST have been doing something wrong – you can not FALL off a cruise ship !

    • Courtney  

      I’m with you guys…she was horse playing or screwing around or had too many cocktails. Who is to say? There is always some dumb azz that manages to hurt themselves. How many ppl go on a cruise and make it safely back?

  6. Marie  

    I find it hard to believe that anyone can ‘FALL’ overboard from a Cruise Ship. The railings are at a height which would make it extremely difficult. To try to put blame on the ship’s company or crew is ridiculous. Cruising is a wonderful way to holiday and people should be responsible for their own actions.

  7. Sue  

    I have been on five cruises in all parts of the world and have always felt completely safe. She must have climbed something to fall overboard, and the fact that no-one saw her climb or fall is very strange. There are always a lot of people on deck who would see someone climbing, surely, let alone falling overboard. Was she travelling alone, otherwise why was she not missed for so long. People need to take responsibility for their actions, and especially don’t do something to put yourself in danger of falling overboard.

  8. joanna galea  

    Agree with all the above comments. What was she doing? I have been on a cruise and I would not have been able to fall off the rails and we had a balcony cabin.

    • I agree 100%,. I have been on over 12 cruises and you don’t fall off a ship. You JUMP off a ship. You would have to climb over a high railing and jump out to make the water and not fall down on another level. Besides, you will be noticed by the dining personnel or your room steward. Wasn’t she traveling with somebody, maybe she didn’t fall, maybe she was pushed. Also of information is missing from this story.

  9. Karen  

    I have been on 5 cruises and you can’t just fall overboard, the rails are high. I have just come back from a cruise and I always have felt safe

  10. Brenda Greenwood  

    There is NO WAY anyone could accidently fall over board, I have been on several cruises, all with different liners and I was on one when a man jumped overboard in A suicide attempt but the ship was stopped, turned around and several of the crew risks their lives bringing him back on board, it took sets of crew members to make the rescue as the first lot were engaged in feeding the sharks so the second set could rescue this foolish man who was only trying to get back at his wife for a fight they had had. So this woman is obviously looking for a free handout I would say, because it is physically impossible to fall overboard unless you are on top of the rail being irresponsible for her own safety.

  11. Peter  

    I have worked installing security cameras on the very same line. It would be very hard if not impossible to just “fall” overboard. There is more to this than we know.

  12. All sounds very suss to me….maybe after a huge payout! You don’t just ‘fall off’ a major cruise liner.

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