Second Passenger Disappears from Cruise Ships

January 2, 2014
Independence of the Seas

(3:32 p.m. EST) -- Less than a week after a 26-year-old man jumped to his death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, a second man has disappeared off a different ship from the same cruise line.

The unidentified 65-year-old Independence of the Seas passenger was reported missing by his wife December 31, some six hours after they went to bed. A ship-wide search was unsuccessful, and police believe the man might have fallen off the ship near Grand Cayman, the Toronto Sun reports. Closed-circuit footage also was checked to no avail.

Independence of the Seas was sailing toward the George Town port at the time of the man's disappearance.

An investigation into the man's disappearance is being conducted by Cayman Islands officials, while the FBI is investigating the death of the man who jumped from Adventure of the Seas on December 28, 2013. Witnesses saw Canadian Tien Phuoc Nguyen jump from the ship about 15 nautical miles east of Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Adventure of the Seas stopped to search from the man and notified the Coast Guard. The ship was delayed arriving to its homeport of San Juan, Puerto Rico, by several hours. The Coast Guard called off the search Monday afternoon, but the FBI is investigating the events that led to the man jumping overboard.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor