The US Coast Guard has suspended a search for a 26-year-old seafarer lost overboard on cruise vessel Majesty of the Seas, 37 miles east of the Hillsboro inlet on the Florida coast.
Coast Guard cutter Paul Clark, as well as an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft covered a combined 1,388 square miles during the 24-hour search for the crew member, who went overboard around 2:30am EST on 24 January, during a five-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Coco Cay and Nassau and back.
Operator Royal Caribbean stated, “We are saddened to report that after a review of the ship’s closed-circuit camera footage, he was observed entering an area on deck five at around 4am and was not seen again.”
The decision to call off the search was made at 7:20am on 25 January. Coast Guard Commander Jason Aleksak called the verdict, “one of the most difficult decisions… we have to make as first responders. It is never made lightly,” he added.
“We’ve been in contact with the crewmember’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them.”