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How Many Passengers Disappear from Cruise Ships Each Year?

May 14, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

Since 2000, nearly 200 passengers have gone missing from cruise ships. It is the cruise line’s responsibility to keep passengers safe and fully investigate disappearances. Our lawyers hold ship operators responsible when they fail to act appropriately after receiving a missing passenger report.

If the cruise line cannot find the missing person after a reasonable amount of time, the cruise ship must go back to the last known location where the person was seen. Cruise lines and their employees who fail to perform these actions or act negligently in the events leading up to and after the disappearances of passengers may be held accountable in the court of law.

The Man Overboard List by Travel Page reveals shocking statistics about the prevalence of falling overboard on cruise ships from 2000 to the present. According to their statistics:

  • Not everyone who fell overboard died. Approximately ten of those who went overboard since 2000 were rescued, and one person survived in the water for more than 18 hours.
  • Most of those who fell overboard on cruise ships were on the last day of their cruise vacation.
  • A predominance of residents from Florida and California have fallen overboard while on cruise ships.
  • Passengers aboard Carnival cruise line ships are more likely to suffer from falling overboard than on any other cruise line.

Cruise Passenger Missing After Going Overboard 27 Miles Off Coast

According to News 13, the US Coast Guard is searching desperately on the waters between the Bahamas and South Florida for a man missing from a cruise ship.

Rescue crews are trying to find a passenger who apparently went overboard approximately 27 miles east of Florida’s Delray Beach. The man was reported missing from a Bahamas Celebration ship on April 27 as it was returning to its homeport in Florida. The vessel had departed the island of Grand Bahama the night before.

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