The search continues today for a passenger who fell over overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
The Coast guard is looking for the 35-year-old Brazilian man who was a passenger on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the man went into the water about 17 miles east of Turks and Caicos. The Coast Guard is searching about 80 nautical miles north of Mayaguana, Bahamas, using long-range aircraft and a helicopter that has been deployed from the Clearwater air station in Florida.
The incident happened around 1 a.m. on Friday morning, when passengers saw the man dangling from the ship.
“Our report was that he jumped onto the lifeboat and subsequently fell into the water,” said a USCG representative, “but regardless of how he fell into the water, we’re working right now on just finding him.”
Before he fell into the water, passenger Jennifer St Laurent captured the dramatic ordeal on her cell phone. The video shows the man dangling, as other people on board attempt to pull him onto the deck.
Moments later, passengers scream in horror at the man looses his grip and slips into the water below. “Get the life ring and throw it over,” one woman yelled in fear.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean confirmed the incident.
“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,” said the cruise line.