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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Couple Went Overboard on Carnival Cruise in Australia

The search has been called off for the couple who fell overboard from the Carnival Spirit. Defending their safety standards, cruise ship officials are saying their fall was likely not accidental. Their last moments on the ship and fall off the ship were caught on the security cameras, according to The Australian newspaper.

The paper named  Paul Rossington, 30, and Kristen Schroder, 27, as the two who fell.

They were discovered missing during debarkation in Sydney, about 12 hours after they fell into the ocean, according to The Australian. They fell in on Wednesday.

A police source said they were seen fighting that  night, and she was the one who fell in first and he went after her.

The cruise they were on was a 10-day trip.

(the couple in a Facebook photo)

Carnival released a statement:“At approximately 9:15 a.m. today during the debarkation process for Carnival Spirit at the conclusion of a 10-night cruise in Sydney, it became apparent that two guests, a 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, were unaccounted for. The ship immediately initiated standard missing person procedures including a full search of the vessel as per protocol. The guests in question were travelling with family and friends and initial reports indicate that the couple was last seen onboard the vessel last night.

“We have naturally been concerned since we became aware that two passengers were missing from Carnival Spirit and our thoughts are clearly with their families at this difficult time. We are working closely with New South Wales Police and assisting them in their inquiries.”

As I looked at the Carnival site, I noticed - despite all of the incidents in recent months - their press area seems to be dedicated to the positive happenings in the company. Which makes sense, from a marketing platform, but it might be good to keep your current/future customers aware of the issues on the Triumph, the death of a Saratoga Springs teen, and the Triumph adrift again due to strong winds in April.

I'm actually still looking into the Carnival ships out of NYC. Maybe there will be some good deals.


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