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Cruise ship passenger goes missing off Puerto Rico

St. Kitts - Adventure of the Seas
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard was searching Sunday for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island toward the U.S. territory's mainland.

In a Sunday statement, the Coast Guard identified the missing man as Tien Phuoc Nguyen, a 26-year-old Canadian citizen who was on the final night of a seven-night Caribbean cruise with his family. His hometown was not immediately provided.

He was last seen jumping overboard by other ship passengers late Saturday as the Adventures of the Seas was transiting east of Mona Island, a rugged, uninhabited island in a rough sea passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said Sunday that the captain immediately stopped the cruise ship, turned around and alerted local authorities after a passenger reported seeing a man going overboard late Saturday. In a Sunday email, Martinez said footage of the incident was also captured by the ship's cameras.

The Coast Guard deployed helicopters and a patrol boat to find the missing passenger but no sign of him has turned up.

The FBI is investigating the circumstances which may have led the man to jump.

When the U.S. Coast Guard assumed control of the search early Sunday, the cruise ship resumed its trip to Puerto Rico's capital of San Juan. A Royal Caribbean team was providing support to Nguyen's family, according to Martinez.

The Royal Caribbean ship was finishing its seven-night trip and returning to San Juan when he jumped overboard.

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vinny425 December 30 2013 at 12:23 AM

it happens way too much............who knows why.

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CAMERON December 29 2013 at 6:32 PM

Sad. My heart goes to the family.

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onegodswoman@aol CAMERON December 29 2013 at 9:05 PM

I Cruise all the time, never have I had this kind of thing to happen. I can't begin to understand what may have happen to him to make him think there was no other way out. I pray that God will give his Family peace and heal their hearts. and let the cruise line through video tapes find the truth if they can. God knows all !!

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Linda K December 29 2013 at 7:11 PM

Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Mr. Nguyen.

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strike250 December 29 2013 at 9:15 PM

Some of these comments are terrible. You people are heartless. This is no joking matter. My heart goes out to his family.

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Karen December 30 2013 at 1:45 AM

prayers for him and his family, for him to be found alive. I dealt with an emotional cruise passenger myself a decade back. he was gay, and his parents were judging him on he ship for merely talking to a very nice man who was the son of a factory owner. this poor young man was saying how he didn't want to go home, and we knew what he was alluding to, so the other guy, being gay and liking him, hugged him for what seemed like hours and told him never think he doesn't friends who will help him wherever he's at as long as he reaches out. Several days later I saw them laughing and joyful on an excursion windsurfing. Sometimes, it just takes someone to listen. I am so sorry that whatever (recent loss of job, illness, breakup, secret, etc) caused him to do this found no one able to help him stop. :(

God bless you, Tien! JESUS loves you.

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eeyoregon December 29 2013 at 10:51 PM

I hope that they find the young man so that the family can lay him to rest and have some closure.

Since it can take quite some time to stop a cruise ship, turn it around and head back, if you ever find yourself witnessing someone jumping overboard grab a life ring or something that will float and throw it overboard immediately to help the captain return to the correct spot.

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ffdeleon eeyoregon December 30 2013 at 12:24 AM

good idea

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snbrn eeyoregon December 30 2013 at 12:44 AM

Things that float move. Especially in a "rough passage" so if the captain or anyone else looked where the floatie was, they'd almost certainly miss the person.

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askprofb snbrn December 30 2013 at 2:11 AM

But humans float, too, so at least they'd be somewhat in the right area.

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hazel December 30 2013 at 4:09 AM

might be looking for a new life ..

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dmy1274 December 29 2013 at 7:47 PM

there are some heartless people commenting on this tragedy

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Grammy dmy1274 December 29 2013 at 8:26 PM

i agree with you

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Frank and Ronnie December 29 2013 at 8:46 PM

Just returned from my 8th cruise 2 weeks ago. 5 different cruise lines. Some of the comments are rude and insensitive besides being miss informed. Read your contract before booking. You know actually upfront what is included with your cruise, what kind of fees, tips, extra expenses you may have appear on your statement. There are no surprises. You can check your expenses every day to keep tabs on your spending sprees. Have never had one thing taken from our cabin by anyone. Have always been shown nothing but respect. There could have been so many different reasons why he jumped. His family may never know. I am so sorry for their loss. Prayers.

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probond Frank and Ronnie December 29 2013 at 9:16 PM


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Frank and Ronnie probond December 29 2013 at 9:20 PM

Thanks! Forgot to autocorrect. Nice to know someone actually read my post...

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toothick Frank and Ronnie December 30 2013 at 12:01 AM

Yeah, Frank and Ronnie, he jumped ship because of his bar tab. Sounds like all you two wanted to do was advertise how much cruising you have done. Well, whoopee, I'm so impressed. Too bad it was mostly about YOU, instead of what the story was ACTUALLY about. Who knows why he jumped? But as Frank and Ronnie say, read your contract. It might just say, "Jump at your own risk".

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Frank and Ronnie toothick December 30 2013 at 5:36 AM

Just trying to get a point across from an earlier posting about things being removed from cabins and extra fees and unexpected charges. Sorry if you believe it is all about me. I have been praying and hoping for the best outcome for this family since reading about it, as I hope you have.

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nopygooutside December 29 2013 at 6:17 PM

probably saw his bill for onboard 'expenses' incurred during the cruise ( the ones the cruise lines forget to tell you about)

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