Coast Guard Rescues Royal Caribbean Crew Member Overboard

December 11, 2009
(10:30 a.m. EST) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a Royal Caribbean crew member who jumped overboard earlier today off the coast of southern Florida.

According to the Associated Press, the Coast Guard says that 31-year-old Robert Mado was located in the waters of Cutler Bay about two hours after Majesty of the Seas issued a distress call Friday morning. The ship was returning to Miami to finish a four-night Bahamas cruise.

A spokesperson from Royal Caribbean tells us that Mado was an assistant purser. She was unable to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the jump.

The line has issued the following statement about the incident:

"At approximately 4:30 a.m., crew members onboard Majesty of the Seas witnessed a crew member jump overboard from the aft section of the ship. The ship's Captain immediately turned the ship around, marked the position on the ship's Global Positioning System (GPS) and alerted the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue immediately assisted with air and sea searches.

"Approximately two hours later, Coast Guard located the crew member. The crew member was transferred onto a fire rescue boat and appeared to be in good condition, but was transferred to a local area hospital for further evaluation."

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor