On Monday, July 31, a 64-year-old woman went missing after reportedly falling off the Spectrum of the Seas Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Reeta Sahani and her husband Jakesh Sahani were vacationing on the cruise journey from Malaysia to Singapore.
Jakesh Sahani, 70, woke up in the middle of the night to find his wife missing from their cabin.
Upon the vessel’s detection system identifying an overboard incident, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center was alerted at approximately 7:50 am Monday, triggering an immediate search and rescue operation in the Singapore Strait, as per the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
The Spectrum of the Seas, a massive ship with a capacity of around 4,900 passengers, was on its return from a four-day round-trip cruise to Malaysia.
Reeta’s son, Apoorv Sahani, 39, who was not on the cruise, has expressed skepticism about the theory that his mother jumped overboard. He suspects that she might still be on the ship, potentially “trapped” somewhere. Struggling to believe that she intentionally went overboard, Apoorv Sahani has requested access to the ship’s CCTV footage to clarify the situation.
In an interview with a news outlet, Apoorv stated that his mother, who was originally from India like the rest of the family, was not a swimmer and was on the cruise to enjoy her vacation.
In response to the incident, Royal Caribbean promptly notified local authorities and initiated a search and rescue operation. The company’s Care team is providing support to the family during this time.
This incident is not the first of its kind for Royal Caribbean. In June, a 42-year-old woman was rescued after falling off another one of the company’s ships, Mariner of the Seas, while on a trip from Florida to the Dominican Republic.