A passenger on Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship went overboard on mondayconfirmed the cruise company and the woman’s son.
The circumstances that led to the fall are not yet known.
According to the Singapore-based news outlet, The Straits Times, the passenger is Reeta Sahani64, who was traveling with her husband Jakesh Sahani.
“Thank you for showing your great support in this time of distress for my family and I will always be grateful,” his son tweeted. Aspoorv Sahani, who was not on the ship. “The cruise ship has finally shared the images with us and a search is also underway.. With the images, unfortunately, we have learned that my mother has passed away.
Monday was to have been the last of the four-day cruise. But sometime in the middle of the night, Jakesh Sahani, 70, woke up to find that his wife, 64, was not in his bedroom. After searching for her without success, he alerted the crew.
Later they told him that the ship’s overboard detection systems had been alerted that something had fallen off the ship to the Singapore Strait.
The son commented to The Straits Times that his mother could not swim and that his father had to go through an interview with the police that lasted a few hours.
“We have asked to see the CCTV (closed circuit television) footage, but so far we have received nothing to confirm it was her. All we know is that the ship’s crew believes she jumped,” she said, hours before finally confirming her demise.
“Eventually, my father was told to get off the ship because there was another cruise that was going to take place, but we think she may still be on the ship, trapped somewhere”, he had said, still hoping to find his mother alive.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that the “passenger had fallen in the Singapore Strait”, and the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) is coordinating the search and has issued a navigation safety transmission to ships in the Singapore Strait and ships in port to search for the missing person and inform the MRCC in case of sightings.
Aspoorv added: “She was on vacation having fun and then all this happened. Has no sense”.
According to cruise tracking website CruiseMapper, Spectrum of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s first cruise ship to belong to the Quantum-Ultra class, a larger and improved version of the Quantum class. she has 2,137 cabins and capacity for 4,819 passengerswith 16 decks, 18 dining options, four swimming pools and 10 outdoor Jacuzzis.
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