Virgin Voyages confirmed on Thursday that a search and rescue operation had been launched for a passenger overboard the Valiant Lady cruise ship. It will result in a delayed arrival back home in Portsmouth, UK.
Virgin Voyages Man Overboard Valiant Lady
During the final day of Valiant Lady’s cruise to the Canary Islands, a passenger went overboard in the early hours of Thursday morning (March 31) off the coast of Portugal.
Virgin Voyages confirmed that a search and rescue operation had been launched, and it’s working with local authorities from Portugal and Spain. The cruise line has also confirmed that the overboard was intentional, and there was no foul play suspected.
Virgin Voyages said, “Our Valiant Lady Crew is conducting a search and rescue mission, and we are expecting a delayed arrival into Portsmouth tomorrow evening. We’re working closely with government authorities and port officials, and we will be reaching out to our Sailors as soon as we have more info.”
The cruise ship diverted from its current route to conduct a search pattern in coordination with the Coast Guard. According to reports, Valiant Lady and Coast Guard assets were involved in the search. Since then, the Virgin Voyages cruise has continued en route to Portsmouth in the UK and the search abandoned.