Man who died going overboard on Royal Caribbean cruise revealed as boss of top UK firm Rockstar Jonathan Pfahl


THE man who died after going overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise has been revealed as Jonathan Pfahl, the boss of a top UK firm Rockstar.

Pfahl went overboard while cruising  on Wednesday morning.

The man went overboard from the Symphony of the Seas, seen here in 2018
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His body was recovered by the crew while the Symphony of the Seas was travelling from St Kitts to St Thomas between 3am and 5am.

A statement from Royal Caribbean Cruises said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on the Symphony of the Seas en route to Saint Thomas this morning.

“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.”

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According to Royal Caribbean the cruise ship launched a rescue boat and after a full-scale search, the body of the man was recovered.

The company said it was working closely with authorities and will continue to assist in the ongoing investigation.

Royal Caribbean is one of the cruise lines that has not installed automatic man overboard systems, which use motion detectors that send an instant message to the bridge should someone go over the rails, according to Cruise Law News.

The company’s chief executive Richard Fain told Quartz last year the technology was “not yet at a viable stage.”

He said: “”Like many areas of technology, the promise is often better than the actuality today … You do need technology to work. And actually work in real life, not in a laboratory and not in a sales brochure.”

Symphony of the Seas is due to return to her home port of Miami, Florida on Saturday.

In June this year a woman wearing “pink pyjamas” fell from the cruise ship the Norwegian Epic as it sailed to Palma, Majorca.

Both crew and passengers aboard the ship helped in the search in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to cruise expert Dr Ross Klein, 347 people have gone overboard from cruise ships since 2000.

The ship, which can carry 5,500 passengers, is currently the largest cruise ship in the world.

It is currently sailing a seven-day Eastern Caribbean tour from Miami, Florida.

The cruise ship was travelling from St Kitts in the Caribbean
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