December 5, 2001
Passengers on Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas on Saturday heard a most unusual announcement of "Oscar," then "Alpha," over the shipwide public address system. That's never good news as "Oscar" indicates a crew or passenger emergency and "Alpha" is the signal that medical personnel are urgently needed. Indeed, a 24-year old woman became the new ship's first fatality after she fell off her 9th deck balcony and landed on the fourth deck. The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. and the ship was docked in St. Thomas. While the rumor mill -- both onboard the ship, in the St. Thomas media, and on Cruise Critic's boards -- is rife with debate (was she pushed? was it suicide? was she drunk?), Royal Caribbean's Michael Sheehan has released a statement that merely confirms the obvious facts: "At approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, while the Adventure of the Seas was docked in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., a 24-year-old female guest (from the U.S.) fell from her ninth deck stateroom balcony. She landed on the fourth deck of the ship. She was immediately attended to by the ship's medical personnel, however, she showed no signs of life, and CPR was unsuccessful. "The ship immediately notified local Virgin Island authorities, the U.S. Coast Guard and the FBI, which is investigating the matter. Royal Caribbean is cooperating fully with the FBI. Due to the fact that the investigation is not complete, we are unable to discuss the matter in greater detail." At this time, no other details, such as her name and hometown, have been released.