Radiance 3/12 sailing: Man overboard

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#1
Lafayette, IN
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I just returned from a 10-night cruise of the Radiance of the Seas today. A sad note ... on the second to last night of our voyage, one of the crew members (art auction staff is the rumor) leapt from the 12th deck into the water. This was observed and passengers/crew threw life rings into the water. The ship slowed quickly and, within 18 minutes, had a life raft in the water and had the person aboard. Sadly this person died of his injuries. However, I believe the quick response and ability of the rescue crew is a testament to the training regimen Royal maintains. For those of you who worry about safety, this was a faster rescue than I ever would have believed.
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#3
tehachapi,ca, usa
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Hitting the water from 12 or more stories up is like hitting concrete....
Don't tell that to the divers at La Quebrada. They dive from 135' several times a day. It just depends on how you enter the water.
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#4
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certainly a sad story...
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Sorry to hear that....very sad. I was on the Serenade several years ago when a guy went overboard from the tenth deck at about 1:00 a.m.. Luckily someone saw it and they had the ship stopped and the rescue boat out in a very quick time. But the ending to his story was happier...he survived and was taken off the ship in St Thomas the next day. I guess it's all in how one hits the water.

My sympathies to his family.
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Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

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#8
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Wow. How awful. Thank you for the account of the rescue. Thoughts to his friends and family and all of you on board.
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That is terrible news. My sympathies to his family. Thank you for telling us about this sad issue.
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#11
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We were on the same cruise and saw the rescue boat launch near or balcony. They did a great job all the way around and the guy was breathing when they brought him up.
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Very sad, indeed.
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#13
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Very sad. Hopefully, he didn't suffer. So sorry for his family and friends.
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Very sad. Good to know that the response is fast, wish it hadn't been necessary.
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Want to add my sig to the list of condolences. So incredibly sad.
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#16
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I was very impressed with how quickly the crew handled the rescue. I also appreciated with how open Captain Eric Tengelsen was with the passengers regarding the incident.

Condolences to the family and friends of the crew member.
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We were also very impressed with the speed of the rescue and with the very good communication from the Captain. It was a very sad incident, but the crew was very inspiring
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On a port day on one cruise I stayed on the ship. I heard an alert over the paging system "OSCAR OSCAR OSCAR and a location". I suspected this was a drill for a man Overboard. Did you happen to hear an alert announced? I tried dropping a hint to confirm it but the crews are well trained to not talk about safety procedures to pax.

On another cruise, I slept through a unplanned medical stop at my home port in Miami. Someone got sick and the Captain decided to stop at Miami in the middle of the night on the way to Key West. If I had been up, and could have had access, there's a good chance I could have met with some of my co-workers on the Fire Boat. In the morning the Captain apologized about the delay getting into Key West and explained what happened. I would HOPE no pax would complain, but I guess it happens.

The crews are really well drilled in emergency response and it seems that they always err on the side of safety.

If you ever do see someone go overboard, do everything you can to get the crew alerted and take note of the time. They can use that to estimate the ship position. Tell a few people to keep eye contact as long as they can. And if you see someone clearly drunk, or some sort of horseplay near the rails, report it.

Ray
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#19
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I too was on this cruise. The page was OSCAR OSCAR OSCAR. The crew reacted so quickly, I was very impressed. Captain Eric was so professional and informative.

Condolences to his family and members of the crew.
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#20
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Originally posted by RadioRay
On a port day on one cruise I stayed on the ship. I heard an alert over the paging system "OSCAR OSCAR OSCAR and a location". I suspected this was a drill for a man Overboard. Did you happen to hear an alert announced? I tried dropping a hint to confirm it but the crews are well trained to not talk about safety procedures to pax.

On another cruise, I slept through a unplanned medical stop at my home port in Miami. Someone got sick and the Captain decided to stop at Miami in the middle of the night on the way to Key West. If I had been up, and could have had access, there's a good chance I could have met with some of my co-workers on the Fire Boat. In the morning the Captain apologized about the delay getting into Key West and explained what happened. I would HOPE no pax would complain, but I guess it happens.

The crews are really well drilled in emergency response and it seems that they always err on the side of safety.

If you ever do see someone go overboard, do everything you can to get the crew alerted and take note of the time. They can use that to estimate the ship position. Tell a few people to keep eye contact as long as they can. And if you see someone clearly drunk, or some sort of horseplay near the rails, report it.

Ray
Good suggestions - in addition throw out life preservers. Even if the person can't reach them, it helps define the location until they can throw out the flares and stop the ship.
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