ABC News 7 in Los Angeles is reporting that a passenger aboard Atlantis’ gay cruise through the Caribbean fell overboard earlier this morning.
An ABC7 photographer aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise charter said passengers were awakened Friday morning by an emergency announcement, saying a man was believed to have fallen overboard.
The captain of the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas (believed to be the largest luxury cruise ship in the world) said all rescue attempts are being made, but the passenger’s identity or current state and location are unknown. An emergency assembly was called so passengers could be counted.
The incident happened
after the ship made a stop in as the ship was approaching Cozumel, Mexico. GayCities/Queerty editorial director Chris Bull is on the cruise with Swish Edition podcaster Scott Wallis, who has provided the following report:
As of 3:30pm, no additional information has been shared with the passengers about the missing person. It was confirmed by the captain that the man did indeed go overboard, based on reviewing security-camera footage. From the information we have, we believe it happened at about 6:45am.
The ship was on it’s way to Cozumel, but docking was delayed while the search continued. At about 11:00am, the captain informed passengers that the search was handed over to the Mexican officials, although Allure of the Seas personal were still a part of the effort.
We docked at about 11am EST and we are scheduled to sail at 8:00pm EST. We are at sea all day tomorrow and arrive to Ft. Lauderdale early Sunday morning.
We hope the passenger is found safe and sound, and will revisit the story as more information becomes available.
Photo: R. Scott Wallis