Entertainer Missing From World's Biggest Cruise Ship

Rescue crews searching the sea for Arron Hough, 20
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2018 5:03 AM CST
Cruise Ship Performer Is Lost at Sea
File photo of the world's largest passenger ship, Harmony of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean.   (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP, file)

A 20-year-old entertainer on the world's largest cruise ship is missing after he was believed to have gone overboard early on Christmas Day. The US Coast Guard is searching for Arron Hough of Britain, who had been a performer in the musical Grease aboard Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, reports CNN. The search is focused on an area about 250 miles northwest of Puerto Rico. Hough is the fifth person to go overboard on a cruise ship in the last two months, notes the Miami Herald, which has details on the other four.

“We are saddened to report that after a review of the ship’s closed-circuit camera footage, he was observed entering an area on deck five at around 4am and was not seen again," says a Royal Caribbean spokesperson, per the Guardian. It was only when Hough didn't show up for work later that day that crew members realized he had gone overboard. Hough is a recent graduate of a dance and musical theater college in London called Urdang Academy. The ship he had been performing on can carry nearly 7,000 guests and about 2,000 crew members. (A different Royal Caribbean ship saved two fishermen stranded at sea.)

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