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Australian man dead after falling from Royal Caribbean cruise ship

According to local media, the 6680-passenger cruise ship is set to return to Miami on Saturday.

An employee of Florida’s 7News Miami, Nickella Battle, was on board the ship at the time. She told reporters the incident occurred about 4am, and passengers were informed later that afternoon.

“I was on the balcony of my stateroom at around 3.30pm. The captain was on the intercom. He was like, ‘Oh, a man fell overboard, and unfortunately he was deceased. This happened about 4am’.

“I looked out from my balcony and everybody was taken aback. You could see everyone stopped in their tracks,” Ms Battle said.

According to reports in the Miami Herald, the man’s body was retrieved by onboard rescue crews, but the US Coastguard said it wouldn’t investigate the death because the ship is registered in the Bahamas, the victim isn’t a US citizen and the incident occurred in international waters.

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