Body of Cruise Ship Passenger Who Fell From 10th-story Deck Recovered by Divers

The body of a man who fell from the 10th-story deck of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico has reportedly been recovered by rescue divers.

The passenger went overboard from the deck of the Oasis of the Seas ship, at around 7.40 p.m. local time on Wednesday, CBS News reporter David Begnaud wrote on Twitter.

Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad told The Associated Press that the ship was in San Juan Bay when the passenger went overboard.

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Cruises, which operates the ship, told Newsweek that security footage suggests the man "intentionally" went overboard.

"We are assisting authorities with their investigation of the death of a male guest in San Juan, Puerto Rico," the spokesperson said in a statement.

"Security footage indicates the man intentionally went overboard from Oasis of the Seas. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time."

BREAKING: Divers just recovered the body of a white male who fell from the 10th story deck of @RoyalCarribean's Oasis of the Seas' which is docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, right now. The ship is hosting an Atlantis cruise which caters to the LGBTQ+ community.

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 23, 2020

The body of the passenger, whose name has not been released but is described as a white male by Begnaud, was recovered shortly before midnight.

WTSP reported that shortly after the passenger fell, the ship's crew gathered passengers to conduct a roll call in a bid to identify the person who fell overboard, according to Jared Maples, a passenger on the ship.

No further details about the passenger were released.

Begnaud added that the U.S. Coast Guard had established a safety zone permitting no ship to enter or exit the port until the investigation is complete.

He said the ship, now docked in San Juan's port, is hosting an Atlantis cruise catering to the LGBTQ+ community.

The U.S. Coast Guard have been contacted for comment.

The incident comes weeks after an Indiana man, charged with negligent homicide after his 18-month-old granddaughter's fall from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship's open window in Puerto Rico, said he would reject any plea deal offered in the case.

Chloe Wiegand died after she plummeted more than 150 feet, falling through an open window on the Freedom of the Seas vessel while it was docked in July last year.

Wiegand's parents filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises last month, accusing the operator of negligence in the toddler's death by allowing an 11th-floor window in the children's play area to be open.

AP reported that Royal Caribbean responded with a court filing earlier this month, laying the blame for the child's fatal fall on her 51-year-old grandfather, Salvatore Anello.

He leaned out of that window for several seconds before lifting Wiegand up to it. She then fell, the cruise operator alleged in a filing seeking the lawsuit's dismissal.

In a previous statement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said: "This was a tragic incident. Out of respect for the family's privacy during this very sad time, and because the government has chosen to charge Mr. Salvatore Anello with negligent homicide in a matter now before the courts, we have no further comment."

This article has been updated with a statement from Royal Caribbean Cruises.

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Stock photo: The Oasis of the Seas in 2014. A man's body was recovered by divers after he fell from the 10th story deck of the ship in Puerto Rico. Matt Cardy/Getty Images