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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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daysofyoreself December 30 2013 at 6:24 AM

When you only care about yourself nothing else matter. People that commit suicide are cowards they don't consider those they left behind. Killing yourself is against God's laws.

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hazel December 30 2013 at 4:09 AM

might be looking for a new life ..

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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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ftlscorpio33311 December 30 2013 at 1:08 AM


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daysofyoreself December 30 2013 at 6:26 AM

When you jump to your death and that is what the man did. 20 stories off the water. We are not disgusting we are stating a fact suicide is for cowards.

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ListentoLynn December 30 2013 at 7:14 AM

who has said anything mean, except you All the comments I read were caring people reaching out to the family

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DC Murphy December 30 2013 at 12:36 AM

His bar and gambling tab put him over the rail!

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mkatie233 December 30 2013 at 12:29 AM

this is another reason why I like Disney cruises the best

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ListentoLynn December 30 2013 at 7:18 AM

dumb dumb comment what on earth does the cruise line have to do with his jumping Are you trying to be funny? Sure hope not....

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vinny425 December 30 2013 at 12:23 AM

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

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jjr526 December 30 2013 at 12:10 AM

Tien's new nickname is Gilligan.

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TERRY December 29 2013 at 11:16 PM

I guess he didn't like the cruise that much.

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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 December 30 2013 at 12:24 AM

good idea

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snbrn 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 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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