Sunday, September 16, at 9:25 p.m. EDT, a 21-year-old woman from Bartlett, Tennessee, went overboard from Royal Caribbean cruise ship ALLURE OF THE SEAS about 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, headed for a seven-day cruise, with Nassau the next destination. According to reports, one other guest witnessed the tragedy, and the cruise ship surveillance camera recorded and confirmed the woman having gone into her cabin but not coming back out. It has not been disclosed under what circumstances she went overboard.
Officers on board ALLURE OF THE SEAS were notified at 9:30 p.m., and began to search the ship to find her. The Coast Guard was not notified until 11:30 p.m. ALLURE OF THE SEAS continued to sail much of those two hours during the on board search, returning to search where she fell after they were able to pinpoint the timing and GPS coordinates from the video footage.
ALLURE OF THE SEAS is the largest cruise ship in the world, with a capacity of 5,400 passengers and 2,300 crew members.
The Coast Guard began a 46-hour search of over 2,300 miles by helicopter, other aircraft, and by sea. The woman was not found during that time and the search was suspended. The FBI is now involved in the investigation.