Should cruise ships have better technology to detect when a passenger goes overboard? The question is being raised after a Royal Caribbean cruise liner passenger fell overboard from the Oasis of the Seas recently off the coast of Mexico, but was only picked up by chance when another cruise chip, the Disney Magic, happened across the lost man.
Disney Cruise Line put the rescue down to vigilant passengers and crew, who had spotted the man in the water as the vessel approached Cozumel, Mexico, USA Today reported.
It is not known how the man fell overboard, and in a statement, Royal Caribbean simply said the 22-year-old male guest from Oasis of the Seas had fallen overboard near Cozumel, and that they were “grateful for the other ship's assistance”. The Oasis of the Seas is the world's largest passenger cruise ship.
According to USA Today, US maritime attorney Jim Walker said the case highlighted the need for cruise ships to have better monitoring systems for detecting when someone falls or jumps from a ship.
Among the initiatives Walker says he would support are motion sensors and thermal detection systems that would indicate if someone goes overboard. Cruise liners should also link these systems to an alarm that notified crew of the missing passenger.
Do cruise lines need better systems in place to safeguard overboard passengers?
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