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Tape Shows Man Fell Overboard From Cruise
Breitbart.Com (via Drudge) ^ | 17 May 2006 | Jennifer Kay

Posted on 05/17/2006 8:24:01 PM PDT by beezdotcom

MIAMI

A passenger reported missing on a cruise to the Bahamas fell overboard after a night of heavy drinking with friends, authorities said Wednesday as Coast Guard crews suspended their search for the man.

Friends of Daniel DiPiero, 21, of Canfield, Ohio, last saw him on the Mariner of the Seas around midnight Sunday, Petty Officer Dana Warr said.

About two hours later, shipboard security cameras show DiPiero falling overboard from a rail near the front of the ship, investigators said.

He was reported missing Monday morning when his friends realized he had not slept in the cabin they shared. Royal Caribbean International notified the Coast Guard after searching the ship and Coco Cay, an island owned by the cruise line.

Vessels and aircraft from the U.S. and Bahamian Coast Guards searched 900 square miles of ocean between Grand Bahama Island and Coco Cay. The ship had departed from Port Canaveral.

Investigators from the FBI and the Coast Guard interviewed DiPiero's companions, other travelers and crew members Wednesday aboard the ship, the company said.

They found that DiPiero and his friends concealed liquor in mouthwash bottles and brought a bottle of rum in their luggage. The friends videotaped themselves drinking the alcohol Sunday afternoon, and DiPiero continued drinking until midnight, investigators said.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the young man's family and friends during this difficult time," company spokesman Michael Sheehan said.


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and no, this isn't videotaped proof that "Tom Cruise Finally Came Out Of The Closet"...
1 posted on 05/17/2006 8:24:05 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: beezdotcom
Oops.

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

2 posted on 05/17/2006 8:28:08 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (ICE, ICE Baby.)
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To: beezdotcom

Natural selection at work.


3 posted on 05/17/2006 8:29:36 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: beezdotcom

All kidding aside, this is really sad. Too much time elapsed before anyone noticed him missing, and I fear he will never be rescued alive or recovered. If a security camera picked that up, wasn't it being monitored?


4 posted on 05/17/2006 8:30:20 PM PDT by Purrcival (Curses! Roved again!)
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To: beezdotcom
They found that DiPiero and his friends concealed liquor in mouthwash bottles and brought a bottle of rum in their luggage.

On a recent trip to Mexico I witnessed the disembarking of several cruise ships at a destination port while I waited for a ferry. There were a lot of college kids coming off the ships completely s**tfaced drunk, some of them holding Listerine bottles that didn't contain Listerine. The cruise ships obviously didn't care.

5 posted on 05/17/2006 8:30:36 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: randog

We hear stories of drunk college kids at spring break falling off hotel balconies in Florida, let alone a cruise ship.


6 posted on 05/17/2006 8:31:50 PM PDT by Purrcival (Curses! Roved again!)
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To: beezdotcom

He sleeps with the fishes.


7 posted on 05/17/2006 8:31:57 PM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: Purrcival

good question, what's the point of taking this long unless they released the 'edited version'.


8 posted on 05/17/2006 8:33:08 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Purrcival
If a security camera picked that up, wasn't it being monitored?

Ship's security was probably too busy hitting on 17-year old girls in the bar.
9 posted on 05/17/2006 8:37:23 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: randog

Why are they drinking out of mouthwash bottles? Is alcohol not allowed on cruise ships?


10 posted on 05/17/2006 8:39:12 PM PDT by KurtZ (The walrus was Paul)
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To: beezdotcom
cameras show DiPiero falling overboard from a rail near the front of the ship,

Which means he scraped along the length of the hull and possibly went through the screws. Chum is the word that comes to mind.

11 posted on 05/17/2006 8:41:44 PM PDT by fso301
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To: mylife

Hometown ping


12 posted on 05/17/2006 8:44:28 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Nuke the ACLU and their snivel rights!)
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To: KurtZ

Alcohol flows like water aboard cruise ships, but it is also expensive.


13 posted on 05/17/2006 8:45:41 PM PDT by Joan912 (it's me!)
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To: beezdotcom

Another Darwin award winner...


14 posted on 05/17/2006 8:46:28 PM PDT by vox humana
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To: fso301

Ohhh, too much info. Sorry for this, but a Darwin award nominee.
Dumb dumb dumb dumb duuuuuumb!


15 posted on 05/17/2006 8:46:29 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Accurate headline "INVADERS DEMAND....")
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To: ozaukeemom

DiPiero?
With a name like that he couldnt be from Ytown ;)


16 posted on 05/17/2006 8:47:38 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: Purrcival
If a security camera picked that up, wasn't it being monitored?


Monarch Of The Seas 

Ship Stats

Launched: 2003
Passengers: 3,114
Registry: Bahamas
Tonnage: 138,000
Crew: 1,185
Decks: 15

As with security cameras everywhere these are likely only used to identify what is happening when something calls their attention to a particular area of the ship.  An explosion or at least a flash of light, or people shouting, or an alarm.

Security cameras are also usually about web cam resolution and frame rate, often black and white, in order to save on storage space and allow for a longer loop (like a black box).  They are post event diagnostic tools, generally not advance warning devices.

Of course, now somone is going to sue and demand that they put labels on cruise ship railings saying "don't sit and hang out over empty space 15 stories up over the open ocean when you are plastered on smuggled illegal booze."  Then they'll sue the mouthwash company to force them to put on a warning label "do not use to smuggle booze."

17 posted on 05/17/2006 8:49:39 PM PDT by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: randog


The cruise ships want to make money off their own liquor, it's not a safety thing. IT's a money thing.


18 posted on 05/17/2006 8:49:46 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: fso301
"Which means he scraped along the length of the hull and possibly went through the screws. Chum is the word that comes to mind."

I've been on that ship before. It's a long drop to the water from the rail at the front. The impact with the water would have either killed him or knocked him out anyway. Even if it didn't and he somehow survived......how long do you think he could have survived in his drunken condition? Not more than a couple of minutes.

19 posted on 05/17/2006 8:50:27 PM PDT by Godebert
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To: Purrcival

It would be very difficult to fall off of a ship, stone-sober. during the daylight hours and survive. Being dead-drunk and overboard in the pitch-black nighttime ocean has got to be horrific. If the fall didn't kill him, the shock of what happened - and his blood alcohol level - would have. How terribly sad.


20 posted on 05/17/2006 8:51:22 PM PDT by Joan912 (it's me!)
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To: KurtZ


They are drinking out of mouthwash bottles because the ships make allot of money off the bar. And when people bring their own liqor they spend less money at the bar.


21 posted on 05/17/2006 8:51:32 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell
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To: beezdotcom

dumb drunk...I dont feel much pity for him...tough way to die though


22 posted on 05/17/2006 8:51:34 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

Maybe he went in search of Davey Jones' Locker.


23 posted on 05/17/2006 8:56:39 PM PDT by One4Indictment
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To: LauraleeBraswell
They are drinking out of mouthwash bottles because the ships make allot of money off the bar. And when people bring their own liquor they spend less money at the bar.

Ah, this had not occurred to me. Sounds like my senior class trip in high school ;p

24 posted on 05/17/2006 8:56:42 PM PDT by KurtZ (The walrus was Paul)
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To: Purrcival
If a security camera picked that up, wasn't it being monitored?

Some may disagree, but I suspect it's not a very effective use of manpower to assign a dozen or so crew members to man every single camera at every single angle 24/7 just in case some drunk decides to go overboard sometime during a cruise. "All right, crew, monitor those cameras and for God's sake, don't blink!"

25 posted on 05/17/2006 9:01:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: fso301
"Which means he scraped along the length of the hull and possibly went through the screws. Chum is the word that comes to mind."

Yup. Barnacles on the sides/bottom are like thousands of razor blades.

26 posted on 05/17/2006 9:02:48 PM PDT by blam
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To: Cementjungle; vox humana

Never cease to be amazed department: Whenever a young life is cut short through actions that any one of us were more than capable of when we were his age...and when his or her family is driven deep into grief by the absurd accident ...a good number of Freeper assholes rush forward to say Darwin at work, Natural selection at work, and all the rest of the unbelievably unfeeling things that are said when a soul has vanished tragically.

Do you really think you're superior, or even wiser, because you were lucky enough to survive all the stupid, reckless things you did in your day?


27 posted on 05/17/2006 9:04:25 PM PDT by John Robertson (Even if we disagree now, we may agree later. Or vice versa.)
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To: beezdotcom

I've never been on a cruise ship. How easy is it to fall overboard?
susie


28 posted on 05/17/2006 9:07:38 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Larry Lucido

True enough. Another poster above noted that the thing has 15 decks and over 3,000 passengers. That would be a logistical nightmare to babysit everyone.


29 posted on 05/17/2006 9:10:47 PM PDT by Purrcival (Curses! Roved again!)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
The cruise ships want to make money off their own liquor, it's not a safety thing. IT's a money thing.

You mean there is profit in those $7 drinks? So its a profit thing.

30 posted on 05/17/2006 9:11:27 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: fso301

OK, that's a little more detail than I wanted to visualize.


31 posted on 05/17/2006 9:12:00 PM PDT by Purrcival (Curses! Roved again!)
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To: brytlea
I've never been on a cruise ship. How easy is it to fall overboard?

There is about a 4' railing that you would have to fall over. Pretty tricky unless you are really drunk.

32 posted on 05/17/2006 9:15:30 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: beezdotcom

Now, now! Just cuz that's what you'd be doing, doesn't mean everybody does it! :P
Sad story any way you look at it. Most people do dumb things at that age - not all of us pay with our life. Thoughts and prayers for his friends and family.


33 posted on 05/17/2006 9:16:20 PM PDT by derllak
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To: Always Right

Thanks for the info. I suppose when I go cruising, I'd better stay sober.
susie


34 posted on 05/17/2006 9:28:27 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: boomop1

He's fish food.


35 posted on 05/17/2006 9:31:31 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: beezdotcom

The kid might have been puking over the railing and lost his balance.


36 posted on 05/17/2006 9:36:28 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: brytlea
I've never been on a cruise ship. How easy is it to fall overboard?

Well, it's harder for a sober person - like someone here said, he was probably puking over the railing, and got dizzy while doing it, and leaned all the way over.
37 posted on 05/17/2006 9:38:48 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: fso301
"Which means he scraped along the length of the hull and possibly went through the screws. Chum is the word that comes to mind."

What do you do with a drunken sailor?
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
What do you do with a drunken sailor?
Earli in the morning!

Keel haul him till he's sober
Keel haul him till he's sober
Keel haul him till he's sober
Earli in the morning!
38 posted on 05/17/2006 9:44:31 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: Joan912

If he did survive the fall, he was probably the soberest he'd ever been when he came up to the surface.

What a horrible, stupid thing to do to oneself and one's loved ones.


39 posted on 05/17/2006 9:46:56 PM PDT by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: DocRock

I remember that from the Kingston Trio's "Hungry i" album...

CA....


40 posted on 05/17/2006 10:14:07 PM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've once again found that silly grin!)
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To: derllak

I was that age 30 years ago. When I look back at some of the really dumb stuff I did at that age, I should have been dead a few dozen times over. By the grace of God, I'm still here, and I would like to think that I've learned from my mistakes.


41 posted on 05/17/2006 10:32:19 PM PDT by Purrcival (Curses! Roved again!)
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To: Rockpile
The kid might have been puking over the railing and lost his balance.

..or takin' a whizz. Watching it fall...moving water....vertigo.....Geronimo. That's why you'll never see the vid.

42 posted on 05/17/2006 10:34:20 PM PDT by dasboot
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To: beezdotcom
Sad but....



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43 posted on 05/17/2006 10:34:32 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: randog

The cruise ships care more than you'd think. They make their money on the casino and bars.

When passengers brink liquor onboard, it's like bringing in candy to a movie theater.

They don't do much to prevent customers from bringing alcohol ON the ship and they probably won't cut off a passenger in the bar but they do care about the $$$.


44 posted on 05/17/2006 10:39:51 PM PDT by weegee (Slowly but surely and deliberately, converativism is being made a thoughtcrime.)
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To: beezdotcom
Ship's security was probably too busy hitting on 17-year old girls in the bar.

You would think this is a joke, and that fraternization of this type is prohibited by the cruise lines, but you'd be wrong.

I read an article about this not long ago, and in most cases a crewman on a ship is free to fool around with the passengers as long as he doesn't cause any trouble. In fact, considering the number of single women that go on cruises, the ship owners probably find this policy helpful both in selling cruises and in recruiting crew.

The problem is that there are a great many crewmen from Turd World countries where they think any woman who doesn't wear a burka is a harlot, begging to be raped. Also, there are a certain number of criminals that slip through the net. It's rare, but women do get raped and people do get pushed overboard on cruises.

-ccm

45 posted on 05/17/2006 10:45:14 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: Larry Lucido

Cruise ships are a good way at seeing how the rest of the world does things.

In America, we are used to mall security and theme park security monitoring our every move. Some people figure that if they pay a thousand dollars for a vacation, they're going to have someone watching them with a safety harness but that isn't always the case.

At the same time, why hunt for a man overboard if you aren't going to monitor the cameras live? If you don't respond within minutes, he's a goner anyway.


46 posted on 05/17/2006 10:45:24 PM PDT by weegee (Slowly but surely and deliberately, converativism is being made a thoughtcrime.)
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To: ccmay
There's a pecking order among the crew, I don't think they are all allowed to speak with the customers (passengers).

And they live on the boats for months at a time.

Much of the crew on the cruise I was on was eastern European (for a Finnish cruise line traveling from the US to Central America).

It's a strange life and I don't know that I want to know much of what goes on behind the scenes.

And at sea there aren't restrictions on drinking age or age of consent. It is the discretion of the cruise line. I could see them shrugging their shoulders until some scandal arises.
47 posted on 05/17/2006 10:52:46 PM PDT by weegee (Slowly but surely and deliberately, converativism is being made a thoughtcrime.)
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To: Purrcival

I once fell of a balcony at Myrtle Beach, or so I was told...


48 posted on 05/17/2006 10:56:25 PM PDT by Gamecock ("False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel." Machen predicting Osteen)
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To: Gamecock

LOL....I fell off the roof of my house last Thanksgiving, but please don't ask what I was doing up there.


49 posted on 05/17/2006 11:25:10 PM PDT by skimask (People who care what you do don't matter.......People who matter don't care what you do.)
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To: Purrcival

I think a lot of us can relate (though most won't admit it!) My kids are this age and are responsible people. But I'd hate to think a slip in their judgement would mark them as a complete idiot. Good kids can make bad mistakes. It's sad, nothing funny about it.


50 posted on 05/17/2006 11:45:35 PM PDT by derllak
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