Search Called Off for Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Passenger Who Fell Off Boat
The man "was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship," Royal Caribbean said in a statement
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a cruise ship passenger who fell off his boat early Friday morning, in a startling moment that was captured on video.
“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy,” Coast Guard Capt. Todd Coggeshall, the 7th District chief of response management, said in a press release announcing the search’s end on Saturday.
The unidentified Brazilian passenger, 35, fell from the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas ship and into the water approximately 92 miles northeast of the Bahamas, the Coast Guard said in its release.
The passenger “was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship,” Royal Caribbean says in a statement to PEOPLE.
(Warning: The video below includes footage of that moment and may be disturbing to some readers.)
Video from the incident obtained by ABC News shows the man hanging from a life raft, as passengers gather nearby trying to rescue him.
He falls in the water, to the sound of their screams.
Watchstanders at the 7th District command center were first notified about the incident at about 1 a.m. Friday, according to the Coast Guard release.
The Coast Guard searched approximately 1,071 square miles with an airplane and helicopter, according to the release.
“Basically this guy was pretty intoxicated, got into a disagreement with a guy. Security then got involved to where he jumped on the boat,” passenger Logan Cunningham told ABC News.
A witness told ABC News the man was bleeding from his head and that rainy weather had created slick surfaces.
Royal Caribbean said in its statement it is “providing support to the guest s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”