Men are far more likely to go over­board

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Al­most three-quar­ters of peo­ple who fall from cruise ships are men, new re­search re­veals. Cruise ex­pert Pro­fes­sor Ross Klein, who mon­i­tors per­son over­board in­ci­dents, be­lieves there have been 314 in­ci­dents across a dozen ma­jor cruise lines since 2000. The US aca­demic’s find­ings come days af­ter Ger­man pop star Daniel Kaiser-Kue­blboeck went over­board off an Aida Cruises ship near New­found­land in Canada last week. Eye­wit­nesses claimed they saw him jump from the ship’s fifth deck about 6am. He hasn’t been found. The in­ci­dent also comes just weeks af­ter Bri­ton Kay Longstaff fell from the sev­enth deck of the Nor­we­gian Star off the coast of Croatia. Pro­fes­sor Klein said: “I wouldn’t con­sider this or oth­ers copy­cat in­ci­dents. Each per­son over­board is a unique and dif­fer­ent situation. “Al­most 20% of peo­ple over­board are res­cued alive, although it varies by cruise line. Men over­board are a bit younger than women. And al­most three-quar­ters over­board are men. More than three-quar­ters are pas­sen­gers not crew.” Klein’s data – based on pub­lished re­ports – shows that the av­er­age rate of res­cue up to mid-2017 is around 17%.

Bri­ton Kay Longstaff

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