A Royal Caribbean spokesman confirmed a member of the entertainment team from the Harmony of the Seas had not reported to work as scheduled on Tuesday, with the ship en route to Philipsburg, St Maarten.
According to his Twitter account, Arron Hough was a performer in the musical “Grease” aboard the ship."We are saddened to report that after a review of the ship's closed-circuit camera footage, he was observed entering an area on Deck 5 at around 4am and was not seen again," he said. The vessel was 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, at the time, on its way to its first stop in St. Maarten during its seven-day Caribbean itinerary. The US Coast Guard said: "Missing is Arron Hough, 20, of the United Kingdom.
Harmony of the Seas cruise vessel
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a notification from the cruise ship stating a crew member went overboard Tuesday." A HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Clearwater and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute are searching for Hough. The Harmony of the Seas continued on its regularly scheduled itinerary, arriving in St. Maarten Wednesday.Hough is the fifth person to go overboard on a cruise ship since late November. In four out of five of the recent overboard incidents, ship crews did not become aware that a person was missing until hours later.