Oasis of the Seas Passenger Dies After Going Overboard

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Passenger Death on Oasis of the Seas

A 46 year old man has died after going overboard on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas.

Multiple news outlets, including ABC News, reported the incident occurred around 7pm local time as the cruise ship was docked in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

An initial call to the Coast Guard came in around 7:50pm and multiple boats were launched to provide search and rescue efforts.

A team of divers eventually found the man. The victim apparently was from Naples, Florida.

Intentionally jumped?

A statement released by Royal Caribbean said onboard footage showed the man intentionally going overboard. No independent reports verifying this statement have been released.

According to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Cruises, which operates the ship, said that security footage suggests the man “intentionally” went overboard.

“We are assisting authorities with their investigation of the death of a male guest in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Security footage indicates the man intentionally went overboard from Oasis of the Seas. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Reports say the man jumped from the 10th deck, an estimated 177 feet. Roll call was quickly managed by the crew to determine who the missing passenger was.

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