Passenger Missing After Intentionally Jumping Off Cruise Ship This Weekend

During a cruise to Rio de Janeiro for New Year’s Eve, a man intentionally jumping overboard.

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MSC Preziosa (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises)

First reported by the website Cruise Law News, the incident occurred around midnight local time onboard the MSC Preziosa, cancelling a show that was about to take place.

The ship’s crew initiated standard emergency procedures, launching two rescue crafts and alerting the Brazilian Coast Guard.

Cruise Line Speaks

In a statement to iG Gente, MSC Cruises said “A thorough search was conducted on board and it was confirmed that the guest intentionally jumped into the sea.”

Despite extensive search efforts, the passenger was not found. To maintain privacy, the details of the passenger and the circumstances of the incident were not disclosed.

Details from Onboard

MSC PREZ
photo: MSC Cruises

In light of the man overboard, the ship’s management decided to cancel a scheduled performance by Alexandre Pires, a well-known musician. This decision was made out of respect for the missing passenger and the ongoing search efforts.

A Brazilian Instagram influencer, that goes by the moniker FGNICO, was onboard and posted the man overboard announcement to his account.

This incident is the third of its kind on an MSC cruise ship within the last 45 days. A crew member jumped off MSC Seascape last month. Earlier this month a North American man jumped off MSC Armonia during a repositioning cruise to South America.

On Christmas Eve a passenger jumped off Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas.

This latest incident marks the 17th man overboard for the cruise industry in 2023.

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