Horror as Royal Caribbean passenger falls overboard to his death

A PASSENGER on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship fell overboard while in the Virgin Islands on Wednesday morning.

The man’s body was recovered by the crew while the Symphony of the Seas was travelling from St Kitts to St Thomas.

A statement from Royal Caribbean Cruises said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on the Symphony of the Seas en route to Saint Thomas this morning. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones for their loss, and our care team is providing support and assistance during this difficult time.”

The man is thought to be an Australian national, but this has not been confirmed.

According to Royal Caribbean the cruise ship launched a rescue boat and after a full-scale search, the body of the man was recovered.

The company said it was working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in the ongoing investigation.

Symphony of the Seas is due to return to her home port of Miami, Florida on Saturday.

In June this year a woman wearing “pink pyjamas” fell from the cruise ship the Norwegian Epic as it sailed to Palma, Majorca.

Both crew and passengers aboard the ship helped in the search in the Mediterranean Sea.

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