Updated 7:15pm EST
A 30-year-old British passenger has gone overboard from Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. The incident happened early this morning as the ship was approaching Cozumel.
The man going overboard was witnessed by another passenger and reported to shipboard personnel. The ship was turned and began a search.
Normal procedures were followed onboard of searching for the person in question and paging him repeatedly. US and Mexican Coast Guards were alerted, as were appropriate law enforcement authorities.
A subsequent review of the ship's closed-circuit camera recordings confirmed the passenger went overboard from the balcony of his Deck 11 stateroom. The time and ship's position was noted on its Global Positioning System and forwarded to the Coast Guards.
Boats from the Mexican Navy, Coast Guard and the pilot boat joined Allure in the search, but were unsuccessful in finding the man.
Allure of the Seas was on a full ship charter to Atlantis Events and left Ft. Lauderdale last Sunday (January 29, 2012) on the 7-night cruise to the western Caribbean. Allure is scheduled to return on February 5.
The complete story will appear in this evening's edition of Cruise News Daily.