Report: Coast Guard finds body of Florida man who went overboard from Royal Caribbean ship

By RICHARD TRIBOU | Orlando Sentinel | Published: January 23, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — The search for a Florida man who went overboard from Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas in Puerto Rico has ended, according to a report from CBS News reporter David Begnaud.

Begnaud tweeted Thursday morning the update citing the U.S. Coast Guard had located the body of a 46-year-old man from Naples who was on board the massive ship.

He also cited the Coast Guard saying that surveillance video showed the man made “a clean jump” from the 10th deck of the ship while it was docked in San Juan, dropping 177 feet.

Oasis of the Seas is one of the four largest cruise ships in the world. It currently sails out of PortMiami. It was on a special event sailing, booked by Atlantis Events, which caters to the LGBTQ community. A planned concert from band Above & Beyond was canceled Wednesday night as the ship’s passengers were mustered in an effort to identify the man overboard.

Royal Caribbean released a statement saying, "We are assisting authorities with their investigation of the death of a male guest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last evening. Security footage indicates the man intentionally went overboard from Oasis of the Seas. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. "

The Associated Press first reported the incident and search for the man late Wednesday, which happened while the ship was in San Juan Bay.

The identity of the man has not been released.

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