Less than one week after a 21-year-old woman from Tennessee went missing from the Royal Caribbean mega-ship Allure of the Seas, another individual has gone overboard from a vessel in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, and this time the victim is a crewmember.
Several newspapers in Italy are reporting that due to strong winds and rough seas, a crewmember from the Serenade of the Seas went over the side of the ship while it was just over 40 miles off the coast of Italy, near the city of Ancona, as the cruise traversed a Mediterranean itinerary.
The crewmember allegedly went overboard from deck 11 around 4:30 a.m. local time Thursday while the ship was in Croatian territorial waters. The captain launched a search for the missing crewmember that went on for about eight hours as well as notified coast guard authorities for assistance. Reports say that both the Italian Coast Guard and the Croatian Coast Guard are now involved in the investigation. Two patrol boats from Ancona and Civitanova Marche were also sent to the area to assist in the rescue mission and two cargo ships sailing near the area, the Ever Useful and Ulusoy 10, were diverted to help with the search as well.
The crewmember has yet to be found and the cause of the cruise injury accident has yet to be determined. Cruise lines have a non disclosure policy in place when it comes to the names of passenger and crew, so the identity of the victim has not been released. However, cruise injury statistics show that numerous accidents involving overboard crew or passengers take place while a vessel is out on the high seas.
Royal Caribbean is now under careful scrutiny after last week’s cruise passenger disappearance and Thursday’s crewmember disappearance. Authorities called off the search for the Allure passenger who went overboard, but the search continues for the crewmember.
The disappearance of anyone from a cruise vessel is extremely serious, and surviving victims or their loved ones may be entitled to recovery. If you or someone you know has gone missing from a cruise ship, it is imperative you seek the help of a cruise injury lawyer so your rights can be protected.
Once a crewmember or passenger goes missing, it is the duty of the ship’s authorities to launch a search and immediately notify the coast guard. If the cruise line’s authorities fail to do so in a timely manner, they may be held liable for any fatalities or injuries suffered by the victim. There are times in which missing individuals are rescued, but several hours have elapsed and they have had to endure freezing temperatures or other aversive conditions out at sea.
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