Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Crew Member Overboard from Oasis of the Seas

Updated at 8pm EDT - A 45-year old man who was a crew member aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas went overboard from the ship on Sunday afternoon.

Oasis left Port Everglades on Saturday, and the man was reported missing by his coworkers about 1pm on Monday as the ship traveled between Nassau and St. Thomas where it was scheduled to call on Tuesday. A search of the ship was initiated, and while it was still being conducted, the ship was turned around to begin retracing its route since he was last seen. The US and Bahamian Coast Guards were notified and joined the search.

In reviewing recordings from the ship's security cameras, images were found that confirmed the man had actually gone overboard shortly after leaving Nassau on Sunday.

Oasis was released from the search very early Tuesday morning and is continuing to it next port of call. The man has not been found, but the Coast Guards are continuing their search of the area.

As a result of the search, Oasis will miss its call at St. Thomas but is expected to be back on its schedule in time for its call at St. Maarten on Wednesday.

The complete story appeared in the May 25, 2010, edition of Cruise News Daily.