22-Year-Old Passenger Overboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

A 22 year-old male Royal Caribbean passenger on-board the Independence of the Seas was reported as having intentionally jumped off the ship’s twelfth deck in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 22, 2016.  The ship was approximately 33 miles southeast of Key Largo and was heading back to South Florida after a four-night trip.

22-Year-Old Passenger Overboard Royal Caribbean Cruise ShipA 22 year-old male Royal Caribbean passenger on-board the Independence of the Seas was reported as having intentionally jumped off the ship’s twelfth deck in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 22, 2016.  The ship was approximately 33 miles southeast of Key Largo and was heading back to South Florida after a four-night trip.

The ship contacted the U.S. Coast Guard which took over the search of the man by air and sea.  After a 38-hour search for the missing man, the Coast Guard suspended the search Friday afternoon.

Just a day after the 22-year-old man was reported missing, news sources reported a 74-year-old British woman on-board the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner was missing and presumed overboard. The ship had left New York Thursday morning and was en route to St. Martin in the Caribbean.  The woman was reported missing in the early hours of Friday morning when the ship was around 100 miles south east of Atlantic City in New Jersey.  The search for the woman was called off Friday evening.

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Passenger Overboard Asian Based Cruise Ship

A 60-year-old Singaporean male passenger on-board the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship is missing after falling overboard near Babi Besar Island, located off the Malaysian south-east coast.  Mr. Wuan Poh Fatt was traveling from Singapore to Penang with five others.  According to on-board closed-circuit camera footage, Mr. Wuan fell overboard on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 11:05 p.m. However, it was not discovered that he was missing until the next day when he failed to respond to announcements.  After a headcount confirmed he was missing, the ship’s Captain contacted Malaysian authorities who began a search of the area. According to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, search and rescue operations are ongoing.

Passenger Overboard Asian Based Cruise ShipA 60-year-old Singaporean male passenger on-board the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship is missing after falling overboard near Babi Besar Island, located off the Malaysian south-east coast.  Mr. Wuan Poh Fatt was traveling from Singapore to Penang with five others.  According to on-board closed-circuit camera footage, Mr. Wuan fell overboard on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 11:05 p.m. However, it was not discovered that he was missing until the next day when he failed to respond to announcements.  After a headcount confirmed he was missing, the ship’s Captain contacted Malaysian authorities who began a search of the area. According to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, search and rescue operations are ongoing.

The SuperStar Gemini is a 1,750 passenger cruise ship operated by Star Cruises, an Asian based cruise line.  In October 2015, reports surfaced of a 30-year-old Indian national man who disappeared from the SuperStar Gemini while traveling in the Strait of Malacca. The man was traveling with his extended family and they too did not realize he was missing until the next day.  The cruise line claimed the man had committed suicide but the family strongly disputed that allegation instead suggesting he had been the victim of foul play due to a fight he had with one of the ship’s officers.

On average there are 20-30 overboard incidents each year.  Although technology exits to alert cruise ships of a passengers falling overboard, not all cruise lines make use of the technology.  Additionally, despite heavily promoting alcohol use, cruise ships often have minimal security personnel guarding the ship.

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Boating Accident in Indian River Lagoon Sends Four People to the Hospital

Four people were hospitalized late Thursday night after the boat they were traveling in struck a sand bar at channel marker 85 in the Indian River Lagoon around 11:20 p.m. One person was treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. The other three individuals were treated at Sebastian river Medical Center in Sebastian, Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the cause of the crash. The identities and condition of the people involved have not been released. We will continue to monitor and update this story as more information is known.

Boating Accident in Indian River Lagoon Sends Four People to the HospitalFour people were hospitalized late Thursday night after the boat they were traveling in struck a sand bar at channel marker 85 in the Indian River Lagoon around 11:20 p.m. One person was treated at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. The other three individuals were treated at Sebastian river Medical Center in Sebastian, Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the cause of the crash. The identities and condition of the people involved have not been released. We will continue to monitor and update this story as more information is known.

Just last month, Florida Marlins superstar pitcher Jose Fernandez and two of his friends, Eddy Rivero and Emilio Macias died when the boat owned by Fernandez, crashed into a jetty sometime before 3:00 a.m. These accidents highlight the danger of boating after dark. Most boats are not equipped with headlights thus increasing the likelihood of crashing with a fixed object. Additionally, most channel markers and other navigational aids have no lighting attached. Boaters intending to travel at night are recommended to have their own lights, such as handheld marine-grade spotlights.

Sources and Photo Credit:

Alex Boerner/Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers St. Lucie County.


Details Emerge on Jose Fernandez’s Last Night
, USA Today, September 27, 2016.

Miami Tragedy: Boating After Dark is a Different World, TCPalm, September 29, 2016.

Four Injured in Indian River County Boating Accident Late Thursday, TCPalm, October 21, 2016.

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43-Year-Old Man Medevaced Off Norwegian Gem Near Bermuda

The Coast Guard is reporting it medevaced a 43-year-old man Tuesday off the Norwegian Gem cruise ship 225 miles southwest of Bermuda. Air Station Elizabeth City watchstanders were notified at approximately 12:45 p.m. that a 76-year-old male passenger was reportedly suffering appendicitis . A C-130 airplane rescue crew and MH-60 helicopter rescue crew were dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City arriving on scene at approximately 12:09 a.m. Tuesday morning.

43-Year-Old Man Medevaced Off Norwegian Gem Near BermudaThe Coast Guard is reporting it medevaced a 43-year-old man Tuesday off the Norwegian Gem cruise ship 225 miles southwest of Bermuda. Air Station Elizabeth City watchstanders were notified at approximately 12:45 p.m. that a 76-year-old male passenger was reportedly suffering appendicitis . A C-130 airplane rescue crew and MH-60 helicopter rescue crew were dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City arriving on scene at approximately 12:09 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the man and his wife and transported them to Bermuda where local emergency personnel were awaiting to transfer him to a local hospital.

Sources:

Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Ship Passenger Near Bermuda, U.S. Coast Guard News, October 19, 2016.

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24 Year-Old Jet Skier Killed in Crash Off Captiva Island

A 24-year-old man identified as Hector Santiago was killed on Monday night when the Jet Ski he was riding crashed into a piling, ripping off the handlebars and throwing him into the water. Rescue personnel searched for the man for 30 minutes before he was located. Unfortunately, by then, efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The crash occurred near South Seas Island Resort; Florida Fish and Wildlife officers could not confirm whether Mr. Santiago and his girlfriend, whom he was vacationing with, were guests at the resort but did confirm that the Jet Ski was rented.

24 Year-Old Jet Skier Killed in Crash Off Captiva IslandA 24-year-old man identified as Hector Santiago was killed on Monday night when the Jet Ski he was riding crashed into a piling, ripping off the handlebars and throwing him into the water. Rescue personnel searched for the man for 30 minutes before he was located. Unfortunately, by then, efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The crash occurred near South Seas Island Resort; Florida Fish and Wildlife officers could not confirm whether Mr. Santiago and his girlfriend, whom he was vacationing with, were guests at the resort but did confirm that the Jet Ski was rented.

No information is yet known on where the man rented the Jet Ski from or at what time but pursuant to Florida law, a person may not operate a personal watercraft at any time between the hours from one-half hour after sunset to one-hour before sunrise. Based on the time the accident took place, it appears that the Jet Ski was rented in violation of Florida law.

Investigation into this accident is ongoing and we will continue to update this story as we learn more information. We extend our sympathies to Mr. Santiago’s family and loved ones.

Sources:
Victim Identified in Captiva Jet Skiing Accident, nbc-2, October 11, 2016.
1 Dead After Jet Ski Crash off Captiva, wink news, October 10, 2016.

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Second Passenger Medevaced Off Carnival Triumph Within 10 Days

The Coast Guard is reporting that it has medevaced an 84-year-old passenger from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship on Wednesday October 5th. The cruise ship sent a request to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans to medevac a passenger suffering heart attack-like symptoms.

Second Passenger Medevaced Off Carnival Triumph Within 10 DaysThe Coast Guard is reporting that it has medevaced an 84-year-old passenger from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship on Wednesday October 5th. The cruise ship sent a request to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans to medevac a passenger suffering heart attack-like symptoms.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, who hoisted the passenger while the ship was approximately 100 miles south of Southwest pass. The aircrew transported the passenger to Air Station New Orleans where a waiting ambulance took him to West Jefferson Medical Center. The man’s condition is unknown at this time.

Built in 1999, the Carnival Triumph can carry 3,143 passengers. The cruise ship is currently sailing scheduled routes from New Orleans. This makes the second time within 10 days the Coast Guard was called to medevac a passenger from the Carnival Triumph. The other case involved a 60-year-old female passenger.

Photo Credit: Coast Guard News

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Hurricane Mathew Forces Cruise Ships to Alter Itineraries

Hurricane Matthew is causing multiple cruise ships including the Carnival Sensation, Carnival Splendor and Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas to alter their itineraries as the storm travels Cuba and the Bahamas. Several cruise ships will avoid travel to the Bahamas and will instead head to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.

Hurricane Mathew Forces Cruise Ships to Alter Itineraries
Hurricane Matthew is causing multiple cruise ships including the Carnival Sensation, Carnival Splendor and Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas to alter their itineraries as the storm travels Cuba and the Bahamas. Several cruise ships will avoid travel to the Bahamas and will instead head to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.

According to reports, the storm made landfall in Haiti early this morning carrying winds of 145 mph causing devastating damage to the island. Hurricane Matthew is expected to pass over eastern Cuba and portions of the Bahamas later today then heading toward the US, dropping down to a category 3 with 120 mph winds.

The United States Coast Guard Captain for South Florida Ports has set port condition whiskey for Port Miami, Miami River Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Ft. Pierce and all other South Florida terminals and facilities due to the storm’s expected track near southwest Florida.

Vessels bound for South Florida unable to depart prior to Hurricane Matthew making landfall are being advised to seek an alternate destination. Additionally, vessels desiring to remain in port have to obtain permission and submit a safe-mooring plan in writing.

Sources and Photo Credit:

Hurricane Matthew Forces Cruise Ships to Alter Course, USA Today, October 3, 2016.

Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti, CNN, October 4, 2016.

Mariners Urged to Prepare Now for Hurricane Matthew; Coast Guard Sets Port Condition Whiskey for South Florida, U.S. Coast Guard, October 3, 2016.

Photograph made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Passenger Medevaced from Celebrity Infinity Off the Oregon Coast

The Coast Guard is reporting that it medically evacuated a 76-year-old man on Thursday September 29th off the Celebrity cruise ship Infinity approximately 30 miles southwest of Brookings, Oregon. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders were notified at approximately 1:10 p.m. that a 76-year-old male passenger was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding. Due to the severity of his condition, a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended that the man be taken off the cruise ship and to a shore side hospital for treatment. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew was dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay and arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 p.m. The helicopter landed on the cruise ship to board the man along with a ship’s nurse. They were transported to an awaiting emergency medical services personnel at St. John’s Hospital in Eureka, California.

Passenger Medevaced from Celebrity Infinity Off the Oregon CoastThe Coast Guard is reporting that it medically evacuated a 76-year-old man on Thursday September 29th off the Celebrity cruise ship Infinity approximately 30 miles southwest of Brookings, Oregon. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders were notified at approximately 1:10 p.m. that a 76-year-old male passenger was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding. Due to the severity of his condition, a Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended that the man be taken off the cruise ship and to a shore side hospital for treatment. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew was dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay and arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 p.m. The helicopter landed on the cruise ship to board the man along with a ship’s nurse. They were transported to an awaiting emergency medical services personnel at St. John’s Hospital in Eureka, California.

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Injured Carinval Cruise Passenger Medevaced off Louisiana Coast

The Coast Guard is reporting that it medevaced a 60-year-old woman passenger from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at 8:43 pm on Monday, September 26th, from the Carnival Triumph requesting a medevac of one of its passengers who was injured during the cruise. The request was related to Coast Guard Station Venice who dispatched a 45-foot response boat which met the cruise ship approximately seven miles off the Venice, Louisiana coast at 9:39 p.m. The injured passenger and her husband were transported to emergency medical services at the Venice Coast Guard Station. The couple were then transported by ambulance to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner. The passenger is listed in stable condition. It is unknown at this time what caused the injury. The Carnival Triumph is currently sailing a Western Caribbean itinerary from New Orleans.

Injured Carinval Cruise Passenger Medevaced off Louisiana CoastThe Coast Guard is reporting that it medevaced a 60-year-old woman passenger from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at 8:43 pm on Monday, September 26th, from the Carnival Triumph requesting a medevac of one of its passengers who was injured during the cruise. The request was related to Coast Guard Station Venice who dispatched a 45-foot response boat which met the cruise ship approximately seven miles off the Venice, Louisiana coast at 9:39 p.m. The injured passenger and her husband were transported to emergency medical services at the Venice Coast Guard Station. The couple were then transported by ambulance to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner. The passenger is listed in stable condition. It is unknown at this time what caused the injury. The Carnival Triumph is currently sailing a Western Caribbean itinerary from New Orleans.

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Biscayne Bay boating accident sends one person to the hospital

A boating accident in south Biscayne Bay sends one boater to the hospital. It is being reported that at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 26th, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were called to a boating accident scene where one person was significantly injured. The incident happened in Biscayne Bay National Park near Elliot Key to the east and approximately 5 miles from Turkey Point to the west. On scene, Fire Rescue assessed the injured person as a trauma alert and called for a medical evacuation air team. Fire Rescue assisted with hoisting the victim onto a helicopter. The boater was taken to a local trauma center and is currently listed in critical condition. Though the accident involved only one boat, it is unknown if the vessel struck an object or ran aground. A local salvage company towed the vessel back to Black Point Marina. Other passengers were taken off by other boats in the area before Fire Rescue arrived. None of the other passengers were hurt. This accident occurred within in 12 hours of the boating fatality of Florida Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Biscayne Bay boating accident sends one person to the hospitalIn a boating accident in southern Biscayne Bay a straw hat to the hospital. It was reported that afternoon at 2:20 on Sunday, September 26, Miami-Dade County fire rescue workers were called to the boating accident scene apparently wounded one person. Events near Elliott Key Biscayne Bay National Park from the East about 5 miles from the Turkey to the West. At the scene, fire rescue assessment as a trauma alert the injured man and called for medical evacuation air team. Fire and rescue helicopters on the secondary hoisting victims. Boatman was taken to a local emergency Center and is currently listed in critical condition. Despite the accident involved only one ship, it is unknown if the attack objects or stuck. Coastal vessels at a local salvage company towed back to black. Other passengers were taken by the other vessels in the area, the fire until help arrives. No other passengers were injured. The accident in Florida Marlins pitcher Jose · Fernandez’s boat deadliest occurred within 12 hours.

Photo: Miami-Dade County fire rescue