Australian man dead after falling from Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Australian businessman fell overboard from ship off US coast headed to Virgin Islands

Royal Caribbean said it is assisting investigations into the death of an Australian man who went overboard as the cruise ship headed to the Virgin Islands.
Royal Caribbean said it is assisting investigations into the death of an Australian man who went overboard as the cruise ship headed to the Virgin Islands. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

An Australian man is dead after falling from a cruise ship off the coast of the United States.

The man, reported to be an Australian businessman, went overboard on Wednesday as the Royal Caribbean ship headed to the Virgin Islands. 

“Upon the initial report that an Australian adult male had gone overboard, our ship immediately turned, launched a rescue boat, and conducted a full-scale search,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.

“We are working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in their investigation.”

The cruise company added “our hearts go out to the family and loved ones for their loss, and our care team is providing support and assistance during this difficult time.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it “stands ready to provide assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, should it be requested”.