Men are far more likely to go overboard
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