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Woman jumped from Carnival ship, boyfriend followed

May 11 2013 01:30 PM - Video footage from the Carnival cruise ship where a young couple went missing this week appears to show the woman jumping from the vessel and her panic-stricken boyfriend following moments later, Australia's Herald Sun is reporting.
The news outlet, citing local police, says an enhancement of security video from the Australia-based Carnival Spirit appears to show Paul Rossington, 30, jumping after his girlfriend, Kristen Schroder, 27, about 20 seconds after she plunged from the ship.
The couple went overboard late Wednesday as the Carnival Spirit was sailing off the coast of Australia, but no one realized they were missing until Thursday morning when the vessel docked in Sydney, Australia.
A massive air and sea search of the waters off the Australia coast begun on Thursday was called off today, and the couple is presumed dead.
The Herald Sun says detectives have spent the last day enhancing and analyzing surveillance footage from the ship to figure out what happened to the couple, who were traveling with friends and family.
In a statement sent to USA TODAY on Thursday, Carnival was vague about what the security camera footage showed but ruled out anything criminal.
"There is indication from the shipboard video of what transpired," the statement says. "There is no evidence of foul play. However, out of respect for the families, we are not going to publicly disclose the details of what occurred at this time."
Carnival's top executive in Australia, Ann Sherry, today defended the Carnival Spirit crew's handling of the situation, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. While the couple's fall from the ship was caught on tape Wednesday by one of the vessel's 600 surveillance cameras, Sherry noted that not all the cameras are monitored around-the-clock.
"We've invested hugely (in cameras), we can see exactly what's going in most parts of the ship at most times," she said, according to the Morning Herald. "There is also a balance, of course, around privacy. We don't watch what people are doing in their private spaces, but we are keen to know exactly what's happening around the sides of the ship."
The incident is just the latest to put Carnival in the spotlight. It comes three months after a power loss on another Carnival ship, the Carnival Triumph, left passengers stranded at sea for days in miserable conditions. The much-publicized event followed an engine room fire on the ship.
Carnival also has experienced power problems in recent months with several other ships, including the Carnival Legend and Carnival Dream, and the line this week has faced complaints about unfinished areas from passengers on the first voyage of the newly revamped Carnival Sunshine.
The 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit is based in Australia year-round. One of 24 ships at the line, it sails eight- to 12-night voyages to the South Pacific out of Sydney and Melbourne, Australia that are aimed primarily at Australians.
By Gene Sloan, USA Today
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What Is It With Carnival

May 11 2013 07:07 PM

I can't blame this one on Carnival.  Don't know all the details, but people made a choice.  A sad choice.

    • Sarge6870 and dmoten like this

"The couple's fall from the ship".  Seriously .... how do you "fall" off a ship?  Having said that, it is very sad to see more and more people jumping overboard ... very sad.

May 12 2013 07:52 PM
"The couple's fall from the ship".  Seriously .... how do you "fall" off a ship?  Having said that, it is very sad to see more and more people jumping overboard ... very sad.



I agree about the "falling" thing, Jackie! My non-cruising coworkers will always ask me, "Aren't you afraid you'll fall overboard??" Um, no. You would seriously have to make a dedicated effort to go overboard if you were sober. And the part that seems to scare most non-cruisers is falling off their balcony -- but since I try and always have an aft, I'd have to "fall overboard" 5 or 6 times before I even hit an open deck -- much less open water, lol.


But I have a feeling in the non-jumping cases, alcohol is almost always involved... The jumping cases, those are the really sad ones to me. Why would you spend all that money, go to all that trouble to go on the cruise in the first place? Seems like an awfully complicated way to commit suicide.




May 15 2013 06:47 PM

Sad that this has happened.  Like I posted before, I don't think this is Carnival's fault

    • Sarge6870 likes this
May 16 2013 01:50 PM

No, its not the ships fault if the person intended suicide.


Why go on a cruise  and then kill yourself? Only God knows.


Its also possible that someone could fall d/t medical conditions like a  stroke/TIA, a sudden drop in blood sugar in the case of a diabetic or many others though I think most other cases are probably drug/etoh related.


Anyway its so sad.

"The couple's fall from the ship". Seriously .... how do you "fall" off a ship? Having said that, it is very sad to see more and more people jumping overboard ... very sad.

After recently reading a book about stupid people doing stupid things on the rim of the Grand Canyon, and falling 8,000 feet below, I guess it could happen. A person could be a fool, inebriated, playing a dare or just looking for attention, and believing accidents don't happen to them, falls from the railing.
May 19 2013 08:53 PM
stupid people doing stupid things

It’s sad that this sort of thing happens anytime, let alone during what should be a wonderful vacation, but I think that’s part of the definition of evolution…

    • sunluva7 likes this

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