Michael M. Majaba, 37, from Boac, Marinduque, Philippines was a casino head technician aboard MSC Cruises ship MSC Seaside was reported overboard from deck 7 at about 0100 hours on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The cruise ship was about eight nautical miles southeast of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands at the time Majaba went overboard.
The cruise ship was sailing from the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten to San Juan, Puerto Rico when the incident took place.
Coast Guard rescue crews comprised of a C-130 aircraft from Air Station Clearwater, two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen, a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft–Law Enforcement response boat from Boat Forces Saint Thomas and the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence conducted five air and three surface searches covering an area of approximately 1,216 square nautical miles.
It’s believed this was the first time any person, crew or passenger had gone overboard from MSC Seaside. The cruise ship was launched in December 2017 and has been sailing out of Miami, Florida.
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