Kenneth John Gemmell
The family of the man who jumped overboard during a gay cruise near the Mexican coast has asked for other passengers to come forward with more information.
The lost passenger was identified as 30-year-old Kenneth John Gemmell from Ireland. He was seen by a fellow passenger going over the balcony of the 11th deck of the Allure of the Seas on Friday.
CCTV cameras on the ship, the largest cruise liner in the world, appeared to support the witness’ claim that Gemmell jumped willingly by himself.
Despite a search by the Mexican navy and coastguard for Gemmell, who was an air steward with UAE airlines and based in Dubai, he has still not been found and is presumed dead.
Devastated family members in Ireland are now trying to understand what might have led Gemmell to commit suicide, reports the examiner.com.
They have asked the man who witnessed him going overboard and any other passengers who met Gemmell during the cruise or might have more information to contact them.
There are reports that Gemmell might have argued with a crew member in one of the ship’s bars just before the incident and that the crewmember left the ship when it docked in Cozumel, Mexico, after Gemmell went missing.
Gemmell had apparently taken the gay cruise to coincide with his 30th birthday. There were almost 5,000 passengers on board at the time of the incident.