Skip to comments.Tape Shows Man Fell Overboard From Cruise
Posted on 05/17/2006 8:24:01 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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.
Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!
Natural selection at work.
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?
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.
We hear stories of drunk college kids at spring break falling off hotel balconies in Florida, let alone a cruise ship.
He sleeps with the fishes.
good question, what's the point of taking this long unless they released the 'edited version'.
Why are they drinking out of mouthwash bottles? Is alcohol not allowed on cruise ships?
Which means he scraped along the length of the hull and possibly went through the screws. Chum is the word that comes to mind.
Alcohol flows like water aboard cruise ships, but it is also expensive.
Another Darwin award winner...
Ohhh, too much info. Sorry for this, but a Darwin award nominee.
Dumb dumb dumb dumb duuuuuumb!
With a name like that he couldnt be from Ytown ;)
Monarch Of The Seas
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."
The cruise ships want to make money off their own liquor, it's not a safety thing. IT's a money thing.
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.
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.
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.
dumb drunk...I dont feel much pity for him...tough way to die though
Maybe he went in search of Davey Jones' Locker.
Ah, this had not occurred to me. Sounds like my senior class trip in high school ;p
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!"
Yup. Barnacles on the sides/bottom are like thousands of razor blades.
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?
I've never been on a cruise ship. How easy is it to fall overboard?
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.
You mean there is profit in those $7 drinks? So its a profit thing.
OK, that's a little more detail than I wanted to visualize.
There is about a 4' railing that you would have to fall over. Pretty tricky unless you are really drunk.
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.
Thanks for the info. I suppose when I go cruising, I'd better stay sober.
He's fish food.
The kid might have been puking over the railing and lost his balance.
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.
I remember that from the Kingston Trio's "Hungry i" album...
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.
..or takin' a whizz. Watching it fall...moving water....vertigo.....Geronimo. That's why you'll never see the vid.
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 $$$.
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.
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.
I once fell of a balcony at Myrtle Beach, or so I was told...
LOL....I fell off the roof of my house last Thanksgiving, but please don't ask what I was doing up there.
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.