Crew Member Overboard From MSC Seascape in Waters Off Puerto Rico


A crew member employed on the MSC Seascape went overboard close to Puerto Rico final evening round 8:00 P.M. (November 14, 2023). The United States Coast Guard (“USCG”) deployed two rescue vessels and a helicopter to seek for the overboard worker.

NBC Miami reported that the crew member is from India and is a 30 12 months previous man who was noticed going overboard about 80-feet from the bow of the cruise ship from a peak of roughly 32 ft above the water. The in style Crew Center, nevertheless, experiences that the crew member concerned within the incident is a Mauritian nationwide employed as a resort cleaner. 

There is not any publicly accessible info concerning why the crew member went overboard. Most ship workers go overboard by leaping attributable to lengthy working hours, fatigue & despair, and contracts that final for so long as six to 10 months, isolation from their households and the dearth of help and counseling.

A information reporter for a TV station in California, Sophia Lesseos, and a journalist, Liz González of KMPHFox26, who have been each aboard the cruise ship and posted a number of movies on Twitter.

There is not any indication that the MSC Seascape has a state-of-the-art man overboard (MOB) system which might routinely detect, by way of movement detection, radar and infra-red know-how, when somebody goes over the rails and may observe the individual within the water even at evening. Without such a system, it’s exceedingly tough to seek for an individual within the water, particularly at evening.

In 2017, we reported that MSC Cruises introduced that it had put in a state-of-the-art man overboard system on the MSC Meraviglia and was planning to deploy related techniques throughout its fleet of cruise ships.

MSC Cruises indicated that it developed an “intelligent video capturing and analysis system” in collaboration with “security technology experts, Bosch and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.” The Swiss-based cruise line introduced that it has examined the brand new man overboard system on the corporate’s latest ship which debuted in June (2017).  MSC reported that “through over 25,000 hours of video analysis, extensive software testing and continuous algorithmic updates, the system has now reached a confirmed accuracy level of 97%.”

The MOB information and pictures are analyzed by two separate and impartial picture processing techniques which considerably decrease false alerts. “Once the alarm is activated in case of an overboard, an acoustic signal and light will notify the ship’s security officer, in a central security room, who can immediately retrieve and review the images and data and immediately notify the bridge to begin rescue efforts,” based on  Seatrade Cruise News. MSC Cruises introduced MSC Meraviglia is “fitted with an integrated video surveillance system to optimize security monitoring on board the ship and which will allow, among other features, for the speediest intervention in the unlikely event a person or object falls overboard.”

In July 2019, a cruise visitor in her 40’s went overboard from the MSC Meraviglia however was promptly rescued after the auto MOB alerted the crew that she went overboard.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that another MSC ships have been outfitted with the life saving MOB system. Nineteen (19) folks have gone overboard from MSC cruise ships since 2006.

There have been at the very least 397 folks have gone overboard from cruise ships within the final 25 years.

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Image credit score: Crew Center – MSC Seascape; Sophia Lesseos – movies by way of Twitter; Andrea @Inwoodmomma by way of Twitter – video by way of twitter; and Liz González / @LizKMPH – movies by way of Twitter.


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