The mother of a Tennessee woman who fell overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is alleging the cruise line could have done more to save her daughter, including turning the vessel around to search for her immediately. The victim, finally identified as A’riel Brianna Marion, 21, fell off the Allure of the Seas cruise ship less than 50 miles east of Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 16, just hours after the mega-vessel left Port Everglades on a Caribbean itinerary. The search for Marion was called off, but her body was never recovered.
According to the victim’s mother, Vera Marion, who was also on the seven-day cruise, she had to be hospitalized after hearing her daughter, known to those close to her as ‘Bri,’ fell off the ship. She claims the vessel’s captain should have immediately stopped the ship an initiated a search without hesitation. She believes if a rescue party had been sent out faster, her daughter might have been saved.