A reckless Caribbean cruise passenger threw caution to the wind for the perfect picture.
Taking dangerous selfies and snaps isn’t so uncommon, unfortunately. People perch on piers, climb on statues, and get too close to wild animals, all in the name of social media notoriety.
This week, news broke that Royal Caribbean banned a female passenger for her rather risky photo shoot. The unnamed woman apparently stood on a railing outside her stateroom while her partner took pictures of her.
A fellow passenger, Peter Blosic, thought that the woman may have intended to jump, and alerted the crew immediately.
“While on my balcony, I saw the woman climb on her railing. It happened so quickly. Not knowing what her intentions were, I alerted the crew. If I said nothing, and she was going to jump, that would be horrible,” he told CNN.
Crew members searched for the woman in question and informed her that she would have to disembark at the ship’s next stop. She and her companion left the vessel in Falmouth, Jamaica.
A representative with Royal Caribbean responded to CNN’s request for a statement, saying, “Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion. Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean.”
Royal Caribbean clearly states in its policies (viewable on its website) that “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers” is not allowed for safety reasons.
After the incident, Peter Blosic shared a photo of the woman standing on the railing on social media. Shocked by her irresponsible actions, he wrote in a caption, “You cannot fall off a ship unless you are acting like a moron!” Blosic has since removed the post.
This incident isn’t the first time that someone has put his or her life at risk for the perfect shot. In 2018, a 20-year-old man fell to his death while snapping a pic near seaside cliffs in Australia. In addition, a man fell into a detergent-contaminated river and drowned in July 2019, after attempting to take a selfie with the billowing mountains of soap.
This past month, four members of a family drowned while trying to take a picture at a reservoir in Tamil Nadu, India. According to a 2018 study, India has the highest number of selfie death incidents of any country in the world, followed by Russia, the United States, and Pakistan. 72 percent of them were males under the age of 20.
Whether you’re on a Caribbean cruise or a Caribbean vacation, make sure you stay safe! Check out these tips for beach safety, which will help you and your loved ones prevent mishaps and make the most of your tropical holiday.
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