The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Royal Caribbean crew member who reportedly fell overboard the Majesty of the Seas off the coast of Florida last Thursday. The 26-year-old, whose name has not been released, was seen falling overboard by fellow crew members at approximately 2:35 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast shared an update, confirming that three crews were dispatched to search for the employee, who fell approximately 37 miles off the coast of Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach.

“At 6:43 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard advised the ship that they would be assuming control of the search. The ship was then released from the search and able to continue to Port Everglades,” according to local news reports.

The Majesty of the Seas, which was returning from a five-day cruise to the Bahamas, returned to Port Everglades later that morning.

This incident is similar to another Royal Caribbean overboard incident that occurred last month, during which a 20-year-old Royal Caribbean cruise entertainer went missing. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for 20-year-old cruise ship entertainer working onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Harmony of the Seas. The RCCL employee reportedly went overboard 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on Christmas Day. The ship’s security camera footage shows Hough entering an area on Deck 5 around 4 a.m., where he was not seen again.

When a passenger falls overboard from a cruise ship, the results are almost always deadly. The family members of passengers who die while on a cruise ship may have a viable legal claim against the cruise line when the death occurs because of the negligence or carelessness of the cruise line or its medical team. However, the law that covers these incidents is complex and governed primarily by an 1886 statute called the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA).


If you have been injured on your cruise, on a wet and slippery deck, down a poorly lit staircase or steep gangway, in port on an excursion, or on a tender boat- it is important that you speak as soon as possible with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury claims against cruise lines. Most cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, MSC, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights.

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers is a personal injury firm located in Miami, Florida since 1991. We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety. We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or other type of injury the more likely we will be able to understand and prove how the incident occurred. Remember, the cruise lines have the most aggressive and well funded defense lawyers in the world- protecting their profits. You need an experienced legal advocate in your corner who will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, transportation reimbursement and pain and suffering. Call us today and speak with a cruise ship claims lawyer about your potential claim- toll free 1-866-597-4529, 305-441-0440, or by email. We are ready to help.

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