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Passenger Intentionally Jumps From Independence of the Seas

Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

A passenger was witnessed intentionally jumping overboard from Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas on Thursday morning.

The 22-year-old man was seen jumping off the ship from Deck 12, near Johnny Rockets. The ship, which was sailing off the coast of Florida, turned around and conducted a search, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean International, said: “We are saddened to report a guest on board Independence of the Seas was witnessed intentionally going overboard from Deck 12 at 1:45 a.m. The ship immediately alerted local authorities and turned around to help search for our guest. Two of the ship’s lifeboats and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search.”


The cruise ship was returning to Fort Lauderdale when the man jumped overboard. He has not been found.


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Jordan Bailey
21-year-old travel journalist, Jordan, has been reporting on cruise news since 2011. Since taking his first voyage on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas in 2009, Jordan has now been on over 50 cruises. He currently studies Journalism at Southampton Solent University.
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