Royal Caribbean has confirmed that a man fell overboard from its cruise ship Liberty of the Seas on Sunday.
As of around 11:30 a.m., crews aboard the Coast Guard cutter Charles Sexton, a search helicopter from Coast Guard Station Miami and two vessels from the Royal Canadian Navy had completed five searches in a 58-nautical-mile radius, said Coast Guard Sector Key West spokesman Peter Bermont. The man’s name and age weren’t available
“Cameras aboard the cruise ship saw him falling from deck 12 over 100 feet from the waterline,” Bermont said. “He was not wearing a life jacket. The area of the search is affected by the Gulf Stream running north, which can run two to five knots.”
Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises, said the ship’s camera footage shows the man climbing over the railing before going overboard.
Liberty of the Seas was on a four-day voyage that started at Port Everglades Thursday. The ship made a port call to Cozumel, Mexico, Saturday and returned to Port Everglades early Monday.
This is the second cruise-ship passenger this year to end up overboard on in the Florida Keys.
Canadian Carol Tremblay, 66, went overboard in February near Key West from the 11th deck of the Celebrity Constellation, 110 feet from the waterline. The Coast Guard called off the search after searching 900 nautical miles for Tremblay.