Authorities are reporting a 74-year-old passenger on-board MSC Divina is missing and presumed overboard. The man’s disappearance comes just days after a 22-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman went overboard the Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas and the Queen Mary 2, respectively.
According to reports, Mr. Jeon Pierre Knorr, a French citizen traveling with his wife stepped onto the room’s balcony for some fresh air at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Monday and did not return. When his wife got up several hours later, she realized he had not returned and reported him missing.
The circumstances of his fall, however, remain unknown. Cruise ship officials searched the entire cruise ship and made callouts through the public announcement system with no success.
Coast Guard Sector San Juan launched an MH-65 helicopter from Air Station Borinquen to start the search and a helipcoter from Air Station Clearwater and fast response cutter Donald Horsley assissted in the search.
The MSC Divina was traveling from Miami to the Caribbean on a 7 night cruise and at the time of the incident was passing through the waters north of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The cruise ship arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico shortly after Mr. Knorr went overboard and is scheduled to return to Miami on Friday, January 6, 2017.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Knorr’s family and loved ones.