|Man allegedly commits suicide by jumping off cruise ship|
Published: Jan 13, 2012
Police said yesterday that a 25-year-old man, who was aboard the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas cruise ship, allegedly committed suicide in Bahamian waters on Wednesday morning.
Police Public Affairs and Communications Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said a crew member on the cruise ship observed the unidentified man at around 5:30 a.m. when he jumped from the vessel.
The ship was sailing into The Bahamas and was six miles from the Prince George Wharf when the incident occurred, according to Skippings.
United States Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Brian Betz, who is also the liaison officer for The Bahamas, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that two search aircrafts were deployed separately on Wednesday morning to assist with search efforts, at the request of the cruise ship and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), but based on the latest reports, that man was not located.
“In that capacity we launched our Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) based in Andros and a helicopter arrived on scene later that morning, and provided six hours of search time,” Betz said.
“From my understanding, [several other] cruise ships were also searching. Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) responded and there were several RBDF vessels out there as well.
He continued, “That search was completed at about sunset on Wednesday. We also brought over a Miami-based aircraft at the request of the RBDF and that aircraft searched for another two hours, so in total approximately eight hours of coast guard flight time was provided... and that is where we stand right now.”