Man overboard ‘Oasis of the Seas’

Horrified cruise passengers watched as a man plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean on Friday after deliberately going over the ship’s edge and then overboard while en route to Fort Lauderdale.

The 35-year-old Brazilian man intentionally jumped off the the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas while northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas. Information shared by passengers suggests the apparent suicide attempt was prompted by a domestic dispute. Video footage shows him clinging to a lifeboat while crews attempt to rescue him. Soon after he falls into the churning waters below. The man’s fate is unknown, and Coast Guard crews are using air surveillance to search for him.

 The world's largest cruise ship 'Oasis of the Seas' arrives in Southampton Water on October 15, 2014 in Southampton, England. The £800 million Royal Caribbean cruise ship will dock into Southampton for a one day stay stop before departing for the US. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) (Photo: Matt Cardy, Getty Images)

The world’s largest cruise ship ‘Oasis of the Seas’ arrives in Southampton Water on October 15, 2014 in Southampton, England. The £800 million Royal Caribbean cruise ship will dock into Southampton for a one day stay stop before departing for the US. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
(Photo: Matt Cardy, Getty Images)

According to The Sun Sentinel, the incident began around 1 a.m. Friday, when the “man, who had been on the seventh deck of the vessel, apparently jumped into a lifeboat one deck below.” Passengers recorded the drama with cell phones, and one video was posted to YouTube. You can watch that footage below. Viewer discretion is advised

A man is heard shouting, “You don’t touch me. Because of you this happened, because I stepped out the door. Let go of me.” Moments later, he continues, “I’m not going anywhere. Let go of me. … Get off of me. Get off of me. … I’m not going anywhere.” Then suddenly the victim loses grip and falls into the ocean as witnesses cry out in dismay.

Royal Caribbean released a statement regarding the incident:

On Friday November 6, while Oasis of the Seas was at sea, 17 miles east of Turks and Caicos Islands, a 35 year old male guest from Brazil went overboard. He was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship. A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched and is currently assisting us with the search. Our Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

The Coast Guard issued a press release about the search for the victim:

COAST GUARD SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN THE WATER 80 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHEAST OF MAYAGUANA, BAHAMAS

MIAMI — Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man in the water 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas, Friday.

At approximately 1 a.m., the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship reported a missing 35-year-old male after he fell into the water during a cruise. The cruise ship launched two small boats to begin searching for the male who was last seen wearing a pink shirt and white shorts.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 and MH-60 aircrews are currently searching for the man.

Passengers on the ship provided real-time, social media coverage of the event:

Redditor CharlesPurcell, who shared the video above, says his parents are on the cruise. He writes:

My parents are actually on this cruise. They texted me this morning saying the ship is at a dead stop pending rescue and investigation by the Coast Guard. Rumors around the ship are that family fighting and alcohol were involved. He jumped from the 7th deck of the boat around 1am, falling on the lifeboat below. As seen in the video, he was hanging from the lifeboat, alive but injured (blood on the lifeboat) before falling overboard. Pretty traumatic situation.

Update: Boat is moving and on the way back to FL. After 7 hours, Royal Caribbean is handing over search and rescue to the Coast Guard. USCG is continuing search with one plane and one helicopter. The captain said he had advanced warning of a “domestic situation” on board and had already slowed down the ship before the incident. Not looking good. Also, that is not my mom yelling/filming.