Carnival Fantasy Passenger Overboard Near Progreso Mexico – On Sunday, December 16, 2018, passenger Luke Renner, 22, from Johns Creek, Georgia deliberately jumped off Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Fantasy.
Renner who is on the Autism Spectrum, was joined by nine of his friends and three chaperones on the ship. Renner climbed over a ship’s deck rail, going overboard during the cruise from Mobile, Alabama to the western Caribbean.
Renner’s parents Bruce and D’Ann were not aboard for the cruise.
Carnival Cruise Line released a statement, “A 22-year-old male guest with special needs was reported missing late Sunday evening on Carnival Fantasy while the ship was en route to its scheduled Monday call in Progreso, Mexico. He is part of an organized group of nine traveling with three chaperones, and was last seen in his stateroom. He ran without warning out of the stateroom, and after his chaperone was unsuccessful in locating him, the chaperone notified the ship’s crew.
Once notified that the guest was missing, the ship’s crew followed all protocols, including onboard announcements and a ship-wide search. The security team reviewed closed circuit television footage of the ship’s perimeter multiple times. While in port in Progreso on Monday, the Mexican Navy provided a search-and-rescue canine to assist in the search, but there was not any conclusive result as to his whereabouts. All relevant authorities have been notified.
While the onboard search continues, we have activated our CareTeam to provide support to the guest’s family and traveling companions. Our dual focus remains on locating the guest, and supporting his family, as well as his traveling companions.”
The Wishes4me website states, “Millions of people living with disabilities or significant medical problems struggle every day to live what you and I call a “normal” life. Living on your own, going shopping, preparing meals, etc can all be challenges when you spend all your energy just trying to cope. At Wishes 4 Me, we understand. Our mission is simple. We want to do all we can to make life normal again.
Wishes 4 Me is a Non-Profit Organization that assist adults who are disabled to live a more active and involved lifestyle. Founded on the belief that giving up is never an option, everyone at Wishes 4 Me works overtime to restore a sense of hope to those that have forgotten the very meaning of the word. With an emphasis on safety all homes are customized to fit the special qualities of its occupants.”
Georgia Autism Advocacy also released a statement on Facebook that said, “With sad hearts we are sharing the news about Luke. Many of you know and love the Renner family and will want to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of grief.”
Carnival Fantasy embarked from Mobile, Alabama on Thursday, December 13, 2018. Carnival Fantasy was to call at one port, Cozumel, Mexico on Monday and stay in port from 0800 hours until 1600 hours that evening before returning to Mobile on Christmas eve at 0800 hours on December 24.
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