An autistic man who disappeared Sunday whereas on a Carnival cruise ship climbed a railing alongside the facet of the vessel and went overboard, in keeping with Carnival. The rationale the person – recognized by his household as 22-year-old Luke Renner of Johns Creek, Georgia – jumped from the ship is unknown. However, in a brief assertion, Carnival stated his family believes he thought he was going swimming.
The incident passed off on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fantasy, which was on a five-night time cruise out of Mobile, Alabama. The vessel was within the Gulf of Mexico cruising to the Mexican port of Progreso on the time Renner disappeared, and a search was performed. However, Renner was by no means discovered and is presumed useless.
Renner was on the cruise with a bunch from Wishes4Me, a non-revenue group that assists adults who’re disabled. He lived at a Wishes4Me particular wants facility. Cameras on Carnival Fantasy captured the second Renner climbed over the ship’s railing.
In a press release forwarded to USA TODAY, Renner’s family stated it did not blame Wishes4Me for his loss of life. The group that Renner was with included nine folks with particular wants and three chaperones. “Though we’re devastated by his demise, we’re grateful he was there with folks we liked and trusted when he died,” the assertion stated. “We’re assured Wishes4Me watched over him with the utmost care, and we don’t maintain them in any manner accountable.”
The family mentioned it was heartbroken by Renner’s demise, calling him a beloved son, brother, and grandson. “Luke was a light in our lives, humorous, unusual, and, for a child with autism, loving and affectionate,” the assertion stated. “He was our boy.” Renner’s family added that he cherished cruises.
“Luke is with Jesus now, leaping up and down, and he can categorical himself clearly, and be understood,” the assertion stated. “No extra seizures, no extra meds.” Renner is the second Carnival passenger to go overboard from a vessel this month. A 26-year- old man earlier this month went overboard from the 2,764-passenger Carnival Victory in what the road was known as an intentional act.