Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell off Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Royal Caribbean navigator of the seas

FLORIDA, USA, Monday March 7, 2016 – The run of bad luck experienced by Royal Caribbean cruise ships of late seems to show no sign of abating, with a man overboard emergency adding to recent incidents including storm damage and an alleged outbreak of norovirus.

A man from Texas is now missing after falling from the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas ship off the coast of Key Largo in south Florida.

David Mossman, 46, was reported to have fallen 100 feet from the ship’s 10th deck late on Friday.

The US Coast Guard assumed control of the search early Saturday, sending a helicopter and aircraft, but yesterday it called off the search after covering 2,583 square nautical miles with no sign of Mossman.

“We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mossman as the decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation,” said Chris Eddy, search-and-rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th District. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and an exhaustive search, our crews were unable to locate him.”

Meanwhile, the cruise line said in a statement: “Royal Caribbean’s Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Navigator of the Seas returned to Port Everglades, Florida, from where it had departed for the cruise on February 28, the cruise line said.

On two separate occasions last month, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas ran into trouble after departing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne.

In early February, Anthem of the Seas returned to port early after the ship was caught in a winter storm that produced sustained hurricane force winds.

During that trip, four of the 4,529 passengers on board sustained minor injuries, and public areas on the ship were damaged, according to Royal Caribbean.

Last week, reports said the same ship was obliged to return to port early again. While Royal Caribbean representatives said the early return was due to avoid another storm, passengers reported an outbreak of norovirus on board.

According to CNN, Anthem of the Seas left Cape Liberty from Bayonne on Friday for a three-day trip to Nova Scotia, when a strong coastal storm was expected to hit.

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