Man Who Fell From Cruise Ship Identified As Aussie Entrepreneur
A father-of two-has drowned after going overboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Jon Pfahl, 37, fell from the Symphony of the Seas in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The ship, which was en route to Saint Thomas, immediately turned around after realising Pfahl had plunged into the ocean below, but despite rescue efforts, he couldn't be saved.
"Upon the initial report that an Australian adult male had gone overboard, our ship immediately turned, launched a rescue boat, and conducted a full-scale search," a statement from Royal Carribean said.
Onboard rescue crew managed to recover Pfahl's body. It remains with his family on the vessel.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on the Symphony of the Seas en route to Saint Thomas," the statement continued.
"Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones for their loss, and our care team is providing support and assistance during this difficult time".
An investigation has been launched into how he fell overboard.
Tributes are flowing for the Sydney-based entrepreneur on social media, with friends remembering Pfahl as a "charismatic, talented rockstar" who "had a huge heart."
"JP was a true rockstar and helped so many people get their businesses going," said one friend. "Life is short. Leave your mark. JP you certainly did".
"SO sad to hear that a true rockstar left us way too soon," said another. "Jon Pfahl, you helped change so many lives and left a real legacy behind."
Pfahl grew up in Sydney and attended Knox Grammar School and the University of Sydney.
He became an investment advisor at Goldman Sachs before launching his own business 'Rockstar Group' in 2007 which mentors entrepreneurs and invests in companies in Britain, according to LinkedIn.
The 6680-passenger cruise ship made its debut in 2018 and is one of the biggest on the seas, with 22 restaurants, 42 bars, theatres, an ie rink and a zip line.
It is currently on a seven-day cruise through the Eastern Caribbean from PortMiami and is expected to return to Miami on Saturday.
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