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Old August 2nd, 2006, 10:41 AM
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Ron brings up a good point. With the proliferation of balconies, it would seem more common for people to go overboard. One of my favorite ships, the Sovereign of the Seas, did not even have any until her most recent refurb and then they are limited to deck 10.

I have cruised with my kids 5 times and while it is in the back of my mind and I warn them about the railings, I have not been overly concerned about it. I have not heard one story about a child falling off the balcony or over the rail.

I would be curious, of those who have fallen overboard, how many were from the open decks, how many from balconies (we know of George Smith), how many were stupid drunk, how many were intentionally suicide and how many the result of foul play.

I venture to guess the majority, were drunk and either climbing on the rail or puking over it. Those raped and thrown overboard by crew I think would be none.
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