A 41-year-old passenger fell overboard during a Royal Caribbean cruise.
Another passenger said he had a “stomach ache” after the captain broke the news.
The US Coast Guard announced that it had ended its search on Christmas Day.
A 41-year-old man fell overboard while aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas cruise ship, which was heading to the Bahamas.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel was 127 miles east of Charleston, South Carolina, when the incident occurred.
The Coast Guard said On Monday, he has since abandoned his search to find the missing person.
In an interview with local newspaper The Post and Courier, Jake Utzinger, a 21-year-old passenger, said he was lying in bed when the captain announced the news on December 23.
“I immediately felt sick to my stomach knowing that one of our traveling companions had disappeared at sea,” he told the newspaper.
According to the media outlet, the ship stopped and the crew used a strobe light to search for the passenger for six hours. Utzinger said he and other guests headed to the pool deck to try to help with the search.
Business Insider reached out to Royal Caribbean for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
In an article on X, the Coast Guard said it suspended its efforts Monday, after an eight-hour search covering more than 1,625 square miles.
At least 10 other people have fallen overboard from cruise ships this year, Business Insider previously reported. Two of these passengers survived.
According to CruiseMapper, which tracks the locations of thousands of cruises around the world, the Vision of the Seas ship is currently sailing around the Bahamas.
The ship has the capacity to carry 2,500 passengers and features a climbing wall, outdoor cinema screen and swimming pools.
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