Sunday 22 September 2019

Irish man (67) missing after 'going overboard' cruise ship in Caribbean Sea

US coast guard have since called off their search
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A 67-year-old Irish man has been reported missing while travelling on a cruise ship earlier this week.

Dominic William O'Carroll was realised missing when a crew member aboard the 'Croisières de France' Horizon reported seeing a large object or person go overboard the vessel on Monday morning.

A passenger count was taken and the Irish citizen, who was reportedly travelling alone, is now believed to have gone overboard in the Caribbean Sea.

US Coast Guard and assisting rescue crews have since called off the sea search, approximately 16 nautical miles of Vieques, Peurto Rico.

The Horizon cruise ship was travelling from La Romana, Dominican Republic to the island of St. Maarten at the time of the incident.

“The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of this passenger remain unclear,” said Capt. Robert Warren, Sector San Juan commander. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this most difficult time.”

William O'Carroll reportedly was last sighted by security cameras in several locations aboard the cruise ship prior to the incident.

Since the search began early Monday morning, Coast Guard rescue crews conducted 12 air and surface searches covering an area of approximate 1,265 square nautical miles, an area approximately one third the size of Puerto Rico.

MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, a 110-foot patrol boat, a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft Law-Enforcement vessel, Civil Air Patrol and a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft were all involved in the extensive search.

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