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Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Passenger Who Fell Off Royal Caribbean Ship


MIAMI — The Coast Guard announced late today it has suspended the search for a man who fell overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Key Largo, Florida.

Search-and-rescue crews searched a total area of 2,583 square nautical miles before the search was called off, the Coast Guard said.

“We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mossman as the decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation,” said Chris Eddy, search-and-rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th District. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and an exhaustive search, our crews were unable to locate him.”

David Mossman, 46, of Texas, fell overboard the Navigator of the Seas late Friday, said officials with the Coast Guard and Royal Caribbean. The Coast Guard assumed control of the search early Saturday, the cruise line said.

“Royal Caribbean’s Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Royal Caribbean Ship Passenger

Navigator of the Seas then resumed its journey back to Port Everglades, Florida, where it arrived Saturday morning. The ship had departed Port Everglades for the cruise on Feb. 28, the cruise line said.


David Mossman of Texas

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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