A man who fell 100 feet from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship had gotten into a big argument before the incident on Friday evening, a fellow passenger said.
David Mossman, 46, of Cypress, Texas, plummeted from the 10th deck balcony of the Navigator of the Seas ship when it was about 40 miles south of Key Largo, Florida, Coast Guard officials said.
Rescue teams combed through more than 2,500 nautical square miles before the Coast Guard called off the search.
Chris Eddy of the 7th District Coast Guard said: ”We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mossman as the decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation.’
David Mossman, 46, of Cypress, Texas (left), was reportedly on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship with his mother Donna Mossman (right), when he fell 100 feet from the 10th deck balcony on Friday
Eddy continued: ‘Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and an exhaustive search, our crews were unable to locate him.’
According to the NY Daily News, passenger Vince Caputo claims Mossman ‘got into a big argument’ on Friday night with a passenger who appeared to be his mother.
According to Caputo, Mossman was later seen chatting with someone else on the 10th deck balcony.
When the passenger turned away, the 46-year-old disappeared with a splash, the NY Daily News reported.
Caputo reportedly said: ‘There’s railings, there’s no way you could fall accidentally.’
According to public records, Mossman had a checkered history which included charges of domestic violence battery, driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence.
The 46-year-old, who attended Temple College, posted images on his Facebook stating: ‘Nails didn’t hold God to a Cross. Love did’.
Earlier last month, he also posted: ‘PS. God is still working on me.’
Royal Caribbean said it was ‘providing support to the guest’s family’.
Passengers on the ship said that there was an ‘Oscar, Oscar’ announcement around 11:00 P.M., according to Cruise Law News.
The conditions at sea were ‘dark and difficult,’ making it a challenging search, the Cruise Law News reported.
Life rings were reportedly thrown off the boat after Mossman fell overboard, and the Coast Guard has searched over some 2,200 square nautical miles with no results.
Royal Caribbean said it was ‘providing support to the guest’s family’. The ship (pictured) is one of the largest passenger ships in the world
‘#HappeningNow USCG crews are searching for 46-year-old man who reportedly fell from cruise ship,’ the Official US Coast Guard Southeast tweeted on Saturday.
Dawn DeBlaze, a passenger on board the ship, posted the following update to her Facebook page: ‘#headlinenews – I am on Royal Caribbean’s ‘Navigator of the Seas’ with my cousin Donna when an individual jumped overboard @ ~11 pm eastern time on Fri/March 4 !! The ship was turned around to search for him, the Coast Guard alerted and a helicopter arrived to search at 12:35 am; very somber evening.’
The ship, which left Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of the largest passenger ships in the world. It is capable of carrying 3,800 passengers in addition to 1,200 crew