Passenger Missing On 'Freedom Of The Seas'
24-year-old Passenger Last Seen Early Monday Morning
Air And Sea Search Suspended Until Tuesday
(CBS4) MIAMI A cruise ship passenger last seen resting on his stateroom balcony has disappeared from the Royal Caribbean ship Freedom of the Seas somewhere between Miami and San Juan. The cruise line said it is investigating and is working with the US government on the disappearance.
The 24-year-old passenger, whose name was not made public by the cruise line, was last seen early Monday morning by his brother and a friend. He was first reported missing by his family about 7 hours later, just after 8:30 a.m.
Royal Caribbean contacted the FBI and the US Coast Guard, even though the ship was in international waters off the island of Eleuthera at the time of the apparent disappearance.
The cruise line said a number of announcements were made aboard the ship throughout the day, and searches had been conducted, but the man was not fund.
Freedom of the Seas, one of the newest ships sailing for Royal Caribbean, has reversed course and is helping with the search.
The Coast Guard has suspended an air search of the area until Tuesday.
"Our most profound hope is that this young man and his family will be reunited as quickly as possible," said Adam Goldstein, President of Royal Caribbean International.
The cruise line is based at the Port of Miami.