tragedy at sea

Passenger falls to his death from 10th-story deck of gay cruise

A passenger died after leaping from the 10th-story deck of the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas during a gay Atlantis Cruise.

The incident happened yesterday at around 7:40 p.m. while the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The victim was a 46-year-old man from Naples, Florida.

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud tweeted that surveillance video taken by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a “clean jump” by the victim, who plummeted over 175 feet from the deck and into the dark waters below. It is unclear what motivated him the jump.

Eric Patton was a passenger on the cruise. He tells his local newspaper that everyone on board was “concerned and patient” following the incident while ship crew did a head count of all the passengers.

“It’s the world’s biggest gay cruise,” he said. “Atlantis has been doing these cruises for decades and is so professional and welcoming. I know that their hearts have to be broken over all this.”

“It’s just so sad this happened.”

The cruise was scheduled to depart San Juan at around 9:30 p.m. but ended up remaining in port until 1 a.m. as the Coast Guard, along with local agencies, launched boats and dive teams to retrieve the body.

Royal Caribbean declined to comment on the incident.

Autoridades buscan a persona que se alega cayó del crucero Oasis of the Seas a la bahía de San Juan. #busqueda #rescate #oasisofthesea

Posted by Maribel Meléndez Fontán on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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