It seems like every couple of weeks another person is lost at sea from a cruise ship. Both passengers and crew members alike have fallen from cruise ships at an alarming rate in recent months, and today yet another cruise ship overboard was reported.
ABC13.com reports that the U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man who fell overboard from the Carnival Dream at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday night as the ship left Galveston on a 4-day trip to Cozumel.
The victim has not yet been identified, but is reported to be a 26-year-old man.
#BREAKING: Coast Guard confirms a 26YO man has gone overboard the #Carnival Dream. It left out of Galveston this afternoon bound for Cozumel. The ship is turning around. Coast Guard is launching a plane & chopper. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/Oki1lk4mwr— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) October 25, 2019
As is the custom in man-overboard situations, Carnival is immediately playing damage control and claiming that the man likely jumped from the ship intentionally. “Thursday evening, a guest went overboard from Carnival Dream while the ship was sailing from Galveston. Based on camera footage, it appears the guest jumped from his stateroom balcony,” the company said in a statement.
Cruise companies often claim that missing passengers and crew members jumped from their ships on purpose, likely as a way to try to limit the liability that a missing person can create for the company.