An Australian man has reportedly fallen overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship bound for the US Virgin Islands.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a spokesman has confirmed the news, claiming the tragedy occurred on the Symphony of the Seas ship heading to Saint Thomas on Wednesday (14th August). However, his identity as an Australian citizen has just been revealed.

“Upon the initial report that an Australian adult male had gone overboard, our ship immediately turned, launched a rescue boat, and conducted a full-scale search,” the spokesman said.

“We are currently working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in their investigation.

“Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones for their loss, and our care team is providing support and assistance during this difficult time.”

The Miami Herald report that the man’s body was retrieved by onboard rescue crews, but the US Coastguard will not investigate the death because the ship is registered in the Bahamas, the victim is not a US citizen, and the incident happened in international waters.

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