The police are searching for 38 year old Latrice Graham who was a passenger on a cruise ship which docked at the terminal in Falmouth on Wednesday, November 11.
Graham, who is from Lauder Hill, Florida went ashore shortly after 10 a.m. wearing a sleeveless white blouse and black pants. No one knew where she was going and she has not been seen since.
This is not the first time passengers have gone missing from a cruise ship in Jamaica. In January 2015, 43-year-old Shelby Person and 45 year old Tyrone Rideout both of Weeping Willow, Maryland also went missing from their cruise ship.
The pair disembarked from a Carnival ship, also docked in Falmouth at around 10 a.m. on January 12 and did not arrive back at the pier so the ship left without them.
Police eventually located them in Ocho Rios following updated postings on their Facebook accounts. Both were arrested for breaching the Immigration Act.
In August 2012 three passengers missed the Carnival Freedom in Ochos Rios but were later located by police. Donald Henderson aged 45, 43-year-old Maria Henderson, and 21-year-old Aja Henderson were found staying in a villa and were deported back to the U.S.
On average one person a month goes missing off a cruise ship and while some are located, others are never heard from again.
When you go ashore after a cruise ship docks you should always ensure you have the ship’s telephone number and that of the port agent. If you do have problems getting back to the ship on time due to an accident or traffic delay for example, call the ship. The captain is not bound to wait for you but there is more chance that he will if you have explained the situation and advised what time you think you will return.
If however you do miss the ship, the local agent for the cruise line will help you to book a flight or other transport to meet the ship at the next port and they will also help you find a hotel. The local agent will not pay for these so it is essential that you have travel insurance. Ensure that you have some form of ID when you go ashore to enable you to travel without the cruise ship if necessary.