Ariel Brianna Marion, Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard, Allure of the Seas Passenger, September 16, 2012, Time of Death 9:25.
A’riel Brianna Marion, 21, from Tennessee was sailing board Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Allure of the Seas with her mother on September 16, 2012, when she went overboard. Allure of the Seas had just embarked from Port Everglades, Florida when the event took place at 9:25 pm.
Allure of the Seas had just set sail on a seven day cruise to the Bahamas. The captain received a call that something had fallen overboard. The cruise ship continued on, as there was no specific “thing” overboard. A security officer reviewed the CCTV footage around 10:27 pm and noted a woman going overboard.
The official United States Coast Guard (USCG) report states that Allure of the Seas staff reported a passenger was standing on her stateroom balcony on deck 10 and was struck by something she described as large and hard which hurt her, but did not injure her. Allure of the Seas staff stated that she did not hear any noises, such as screams or voices.
After reviewing the onboard cameras it was discovered that an object or a passenger had been captured on camera falling in that area at 2121Q that appeared to possibly be a person.
Allure of the Seas investigated the whereabouts of the persons one deck above in the staterooms and located a room occupied by 2 females, the first was a 21 years old and the other female in her 50s.
The woman in her 50s was located in the casino and brought to guest services for questioning. After Allure of the Seas security officers’ interrogation, it was determined that A’riel Brianna Marion, 21 had gone overboard
The case was investigated by Sector San Juan Investigating officers, Federal Bureau of Investigators(FBI), Virgin Islands Ports Authority, FBI CSI Team and MSD St Thomas went onboard the Allure of the Seas in order to investigate the incident.
FBI investigation determined that the possible cause of this situation was a suicide.
Later media reports faulting the cruise line and cruise ship for not turning around quick enough to save A’riel Brianna Marion, clearly did not read the (USCG) report which was in part based on the CCTV footage of her jumping overboard.
Her body has never been found.