On April 19, 2017 around 0300 hours, a male cruise ship passenger jumped overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Escape. The cruise ship embarked from Miami, Florida at 1600 hours on Saturday April 15, 2017 for a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Norwegian Escape spent two and half days at sea before being scheduled to arrive in Charlotte Amalie. The cruise ship stayed in port from 0800 hours until 1800 hours.
Norwegian Escape then sailed onto Tortola in the British Virgin Island to arrive at 0700 hours and spend eight hours in port. While sailing to Tortola, the male passenger who has not yet been named, allegedly jumped from the 14th deck.
Norwegian Escape called on the radio (see video below) they had a man overboard and Celebrity Cruises Summit and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Freedom of the Seas joined in the search to find the passenger.
Royal Virgin Islands Police Force say his body was recovered several hours later and taken to British Virgin Islands (BVI) for repatriation back to the United States.
When we know the name of the passenger, the case will be added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website. The last case added for a cruise ship passenger on our Cruise Ship Deaths website, was also from Norwegian Escape.
Norwegian Escape is sailing onto Nassau, Bahamas, where she will arrive and dock from noon to 1900 hours on Friday and is due to return to Miami on Saturday April 22. Norwegian Cruise Line Schedules.
Video: Man Overboard NCL Escape April 19th 2017 (live during the incident)