Passenger overboard from Icon of the Seas: rescue effort launched 300 miles from Miami

   May 28, 2024 ,   Accidents

A passenger went overboard from the world's largest cruise ship - Royal Caribbean/RCI's Icon of the Seas, just a day after the ship departed from PortMiami Florida USA, for a 7-night Western Caribbean voyage.

The incident occurred ~40 miles (64 km) north of Santa Lucia (Cuba), and ~300 miles (483 km) from Florida/Miami.

The man overboard incident prompted an immediate rescue operation by the ship's crew. Passengers were enjoying a day at sea en route to Roatan, Honduras, the ship’s first port of call, when the incident occurred.

Icon OTS halted for ~2 hours to conduct the search and rescue operation. Crew members deployed two rescue boats to locate the missing passenger. Subsequently, the captain informed guests that the man had been successfully recovered and was receiving immediate care in the ship's medical center.

While the current status of the individual remains unclear, the ship's hotel director later informed Crown and Anchor members that the man was in the ship’s intensive care unit with his family.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the overboard passenger later succumbed to his injuries.

For more Icon OTS incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.