Oasis of the Seas Skips Port Call to Look for Crewmember Gone Overboard
(5:25 p.m. EDT) -- Oasis of the Seas skipped today's scheduled call in St. Thomas; the ship was delayed due to a search operation for a crewmember who went overboard on May 24.
According to a statement from Royal Caribbean, at approximately 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon, as the ship was making its way from Nassau to St. Thomas, crewmembers reported a coworker missing. Security immediately began their search, and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard as well as the Bahamian Coast Guard.
In an effort to locate the missing crewmember, the ship's captain made the decision to turn the ship around and retrace its course from Nassau. After reviewing closed-circuit footage, it was confirmed that the crewmember did in fact go overboard. The crewmember has not yet been located, and the U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to search the area.
Currently traveling at full speed, Oasis is expected to make its next call, in St. Maarten, on time. The ship is currently sailing a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise that departed from Fort Lauderdale on May 22; it will return on May 29 as scheduled.
This is the second time this month an overboard case has impacted a Royal Caribbean itinerary; on May 5, 2010, a crewmember from Explorer of the Seas went overboard, delaying the ship's turnaround.
--by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Web Content Producer