The Brazilian navy is searching for a Mexican football fan who fell from MSC Divina when she was sailing off the northeastern city where Mexico played Brazil in the World Cup, local officials said on Thursday.
The man who has been named as Jorge Alberto Lopez, fell on Wednesday evening from the MSC Divina, about 50 Km (30 miles) off the coast of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, the company said.
The cruise ship, with 3,500 Mexican fans onboard was leaving the coastal city of Fortaleza where a day earlier Mexico held Brazil to a 0-0 draw to leave both sides poised to reach the last 16.
Chartered by a Mexican travel agency, the ship was on its way to Recife where Mexico play Croatia in their final Group A game, MSC Cruises said in a statement.
“Immediately after we were notified by the cruise, we sent a rescue ship to the area, but so far we have not found the passenger,” a spokeswoman for the regional navy command told Reuters. “He fell in high seas, deep waters.”
The travel agency that arranged the cruise, Grupo Mundomex, said that four witnesses reported that he had leaped from the MSC Divina — from a height equivalent to 15 stories — “of his own will.” It did not give details, though the Televisa network interviewed witnesses who said the man appeared to have been drinking heavily.