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Royal Caribbean Passenger Falls Overboard To His Death

Royal Caribbean Passenger Falls Overboard To His Death

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship passenger fell overboard to his death in the Virgin Islands on Wednesday morning.

The man's body was recovered by crew members, who carried out a full-scale search, while the Symphony of the Seas was travelling from St Kitts to St Thomas.

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Symphony of the Seas
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The statement continued: "Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones for their loss, and our care team is providing support and assistance during this difficult time. Upon the initial report that an Australian adult male had gone overboard, our ship immediately turned, launched a rescue boat, and conducted a full-scale search.

"We are working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in their investigation."

According to the Mirror, the body was recovered in front of horrified holidaymakers after a rescue boat was dispatched in a desperate bid to save the man who fell between 3am and 5am in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Royal Caribbean said it was working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in the ongoing investigation

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Arron Hough went overboard a Royal Caribbean liner on Christmas Day. Credit: PA
Arron Hough went overboard a Royal Caribbean liner on Christmas Day. Credit: PA

On Christmas Day 2018, cruise ship entertainer Arron Hough fell overboard on a Royal Caribbean vessel, named Harmony Of The Seas, which was travelling to Philipsburg, St Maarten.

A search was carried out but it was suspended two days later, according to the Chronicle Live.

The family went on to set up a GoFundMe page in his memory following the disappearance and they are now taking comfort from helping others from the funds raised.

The GoFundMe page was created by Andrea Squires, who wrote: "I wanted to do something to help the family in any way possible, and knowing how difficult the coming days, weeks and months will be for them, I don't want them to have to worry about money. It will ultimately be down to the family what to do with any funds raised, but I just want to ease a very heavy burden somewhat."

A picture of Arron that was uploaded to the GoFundMe page. Credit: GoFundMe
A picture of Arron that was uploaded to the GoFundMe page. Credit: GoFundMe

In response to Andrea's gesture, the family made a statement saying: "Saying thank you hardly seems enough.
We as a family have been humbled by all your generosity. Arron is love, all our love. Dance was his love.

"The money kindly donated by you all will be used to set up a Trust Fund in Arron's name. This will enable others who haven't got a lot to apply to the fund for help to achieve their dreams.

"Your donations will allow my beautiful son Arron's love of dance to continue. So even if you tap your feet clap your hands or even sway, remember Dance is love and love is Arron."

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]