Why have 165 people gone missing from cruise ships in recent years?

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    Sep 24, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    I suppose the odds are pretty low that you'll disappear on a cruise but then there's this: http://xkcd.com/795/ (I suppose those odds get a lot bigger when you have someone who is already gunning for you)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2040248/Why-165-people-gone-missing-cruise-ships-recent-years.html

    According to the U.S.-based International Cruise Victims Association, 165 people have gone missing at sea since 1995, with at least 13 this year alone — many of them from vessels popular with British holidaymakers.

    Cruise ship holidays are enormously popular. According to the Passenger Shipping Association, 1.7 million cruises will be taken in Britain this year (many will be repeat cruises by the same holidaymakers). But what is happening to all these passengers who simply vanish while at sea, never to be seen again?

    Are they the victims of a sinister crime wave? Have they had a mishap at sea and fallen overboard, or perhaps chosen to take their own lives?

    The sad fact is that, in many cases, no one knows. And for the family and friends they left behind, that only compounds the heartache. Loved ones such as Ruth Halford and her children, who remain in limbo; bereft, baffled and unable to grieve.

    ‘John had been really looking forward to the cruise,’ says Mrs Halford.

    ‘He’d once worked in Libya and was intrigued by North Africa. He was fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture and wanted to see the pyramids.
    ‘He went alone because we couldn’t afford to go as a family, plus the children had exams coming up. Ships are places where it’s easy to meet people, and John didn’t mind going on his own. The passengers who saw him in the bar say he was not drunk and was in good spirits.

    ‘He’d packed his suitcase ready to go but his other belongings — his passport, glasses, mobile phone and rucksack — were found in his cabin. But there was no sign of John.

    ‘John wasn’t depressed — there was no sign at all that he was contemplating suicide. He just wasn’t like that.

    ‘His suitcase was later returned to us and in it were three necklaces for me, Lucy and Sophie with our names written in hieroglyphics and a similar name bracelet. John was planning on coming home to us.’
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    Sep 24, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    Being pissed and falling over the side (perhaps while throwing up) would be the obvious explanation, along with a few suicides.
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    Sep 24, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    The planet needs thinning of the herd............ thats why..
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    Sep 24, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    alien abduction
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    Sep 24, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    I had a patient who jumped off her cruise ship (to Alaska) and died. She was elderly and suffered from bi-polar disorder. I think a number of suicides happen on cruises. People think a cruise is going to just thrill them and make all their troubles vanish. Later - on the cruise when they begin to think of going back home - as the cruise comes to an end, reality sets in and they sometimes decide they really don't want to go home.
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    Sep 24, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    icon_idea.gifSeems like a relatively easy way to fake one's own death....assuming you have an accomplice to retrieve you in another boat.....and the sharks aren't waiting for the occasional morsel of human chum they may have come to expect.
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    Sep 24, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    The answer is quite simple: Vampires. More of the True Blood type, less the sparkly Twilight kind (although if I met a Twilight vampire on a cruise, I might throw myself overboard).
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    Sep 24, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    Durrr.... Tentacles obviously...

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    Sep 24, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    jprichva saidDown here we have what are called "Florida divorces". Two go out on a boat but only one comes back. ("We both had a ton to drink and I passed out.....but officer, she was alive when I fell asleep, I swear!")

    Yep, we read about them all the time here in Florida. Funny how the majority of them are the wife who goes overboard, much less frequently the husband. You'd think it'd be evenly divided, or are women less well-balanced than men? Maybe it has something to do with high heels, or the weight distribution. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 24, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    It's obviously Obama's fault.
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    Sep 24, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    Really good insurance policies.......icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 24, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    its LOST all over again
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    Sep 24, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Let's put this in perspective.

    13 people divided by 1.7 million cruise ship travelers = .00000765.

    Just to pull an indirect comparison out of the hat, in 2005, there were 113,000 accidental deaths in the U.S. at a time when the population was 295.618.454 people.
    113,000 divided by 295,618,454 = .00038225.

    That means you are nearly 50 times more likely to die from an accidental death on land than on a cruise:
    .00038225 divided by .00000765 = 49.97.

    Bottom line: Go on a cruise. You're a lot safer than on land.
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    Sep 24, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidThe planet needs thinning of the herd............ thats why..


    ^This! Less humans = one less sick planet.
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    Sep 24, 2011 10:11 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidalien abduction


    This.
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    Sep 24, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
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    jprichva saidDown here we have what are called "Florida divorces". Two go out on a boat but only one comes back. ("We both had a ton to drink and I passed out.....but officer, she was alive when I fell asleep, I swear!")

    Yep, we read about them all the time here in Florida. Funny how the majority of them are the wife who goes overboard, much less frequently the husband. You'd think it'd be evenly divided, or are women less well-balanced than men? Maybe it has something to do with high heels, or the weight distribution. icon_rolleyes.gif


    t's the heels.
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    Sep 24, 2011 10:56 PM GMT


    IT'S THIS GUY!
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    Quick, get the Mystery Machine out there!
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    Sep 24, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    The Rapture is going much slower than originally anticipated.
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    Sep 24, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    According to the article at the OP, there was a large contingent of British cruisers. Those who had disappeared simply jumped ship at an exotic resort and did a runner, not committed suicide nor ended up as shark food.

    With the rat race in full pace particularly in London and the Home Counties, together with a dismal climate - this year's summer has been the coldest for many years with constant grey skies and lack of sunshine - the risk taken in jumping ship does not feel so threatening as the prospect of returning to the UK.
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    Sep 24, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    McGay saidThe Rapture is going much slower than originally anticipated.


    LOLOL!
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    Sep 25, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    jprichva saidDown here we have what are called "Florida divorces". Two go out on a boat but only one comes back. ("We both had a ton to drink and I passed out.....but officer, she was alive when I fell asleep, I swear!")
    Now if we could only fill the boats with tea partiers!
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    Sep 25, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    McGay saidThe Rapture is going much slower than originally anticipated.
    Damnit!
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    Sep 25, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    CAtoFL saidLet's put this in perspective.

    13 people divided by 1.7 million cruise ship travelers = .00000765.

    Just to pull an indirect comparison out of the hat, in 2005, there were 113,000 accidental deaths in the U.S. at a time when the population was 295.618.454 people.
    113,000 divided by 295,618,454 = .00038225.

    That means you are nearly 50 times more likely to die from an accidental death on land than on a cruise:
    .00038225 divided by .00000765 = 49.97.

    Bottom line: Go on a cruise. You're a lot safer than on land.


    +1
    It's called: sampling bias
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    Sep 25, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    Because lots of alcohol is served.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    Blame this movie...

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