Shane Searle, 42 – Suicide Overboard, Cruises Ventura Passenger, October 10, 2015, Time of Death is unknown.
Shane Searle, 42, of Exmouth, UK was reported missing from P & O Cruises cruise ship Ventura on October 10, 2015 while the cruise ship was near the Isle of Wight. A search of the sea was completed by boats and a helicopter, but Searle was not found.
September 27, Searle begins posting on Facebook about his cruise. “Goodbye Southampton see you all on the 10 oct”
Though Searle appeared excited to go on the cruise, according to his online posts, he seemed to be distraught on October 8. His post on September 30, shows he clearly is enjoying the cruise and posts, “This is the life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i never want to come home. what are the chances of hiding in a lifeboat at the end lol” To that comment, a friend responds on October 10, “please be in there”.
There are no more posts until October 8, 2015 Searle posted on Facebook the comment, “Is in a bad way”. The comment brought a stream of concerned friends to reply to his comment.
“Why is that then, your on a cruise aren’t you? and another, “Is it from the cruise?”A third comments tries to find out what is wrong. “hope nothing bad has happened on the Ventura ??” With the final comment from a friend, “Shane has messaged me he is ok x.”
By October 10, it’s clear things are not “ok”.
P & O Cruises Ventura embarked from Southampton on September 27, 2015 for two week cruise. The cruise ship called at Barcelona, Spain, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Florence (Livorno), Italy, Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, Alicante, Spain, with last port call at Gibraltar on October 7. Ventura was on the last night of the cruise when Searle went overboard.
Exmouth is a port town seaside resort in East Devon, England, United Kingdom.
A British inquest at Winchester Coroner’s Court began looking into what is now thought to be his death. The inquest was adjourned until March 17, 2016.