Sister of teenager who fell overboard cruise ship speaks out ‘misinformation’

The sister of a 19-year-old Washington man who fell overboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship earlier this week is speaking out against “misinformation” as she pleads for answers and desperately tries to maintain hope amid her family’s tragedy.

Savannah Ropich flogged on Saturday in a Facebook post to a woman who claimed she was also a passenger aboard Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, saying that the captain announced that the video showed the young man jumping overboard.

“She has no idea what’s going on with my brother’s whereabouts and situation,” Ropich, who lives in Texas, said in the post.

The woman, who can be seen on TikTok as @brunausaflorida_official, also claimed a sick passenger had to be dropped off in the Cayman Islands while a search was carried out for 19-year-old Sigmund Ropich, who fell off the boat off the coast of Cuba on Tuesday.

Savannash and Sigmund Ropich and family.
Savannah Ropich (right) has pleaded for answers, fighting “misinformation” and “negativity” about her missing brother Sigmund Ropich, who fell overboard a cruise ship earlier this week.
Savannah Ropich/Facebook

TikTok page of a woman who claimed she was on board the cruise ship when a teenager fell overboard on Tuesday.  She can be seen on the ship in a TikTok video.
The sister of a teenager who fell overboard a Royal Caribbean ship this week is battling what she called “misinformation” on social media about her missing brother.

The mail could not reach them immediately.

The US Coast Guard, which is scheduled to investigate once the ship returns to the US, did not immediately respond to Postal inquiries.

Savannah Ropich urged people to report the woman and said she will soon be deleting the post about the woman altogether to focus on her brother.

She has been blocking “rude and insensitive” comments for days while posting photos and stories about her brother’s disappearance to encourage authorities to continue searching for him.

A photo of Sigmund Ropich standing on a dock.
Sigmund Ropnich, 19, was on vacation with friends when he fell in the water near Cuba on Tuesday.
Savannah Ropich/Facebook

The Wonder of the Seas by Royal Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, was near Cuba during a voyage from Florida when a passenger fell overboard.
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Her brother, a college student, was on a cruise with friends when he fell overboard from the world’s largest cruise ship. It was only day two of a seven-day cruise departing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

The crew spent about three hours combing the water after the ship turned around and retraced its route. An industry website reportedbut nothing came of it.

Savannah Ropich and other family members are asking for responses and updates, she said.

“He’s a son, a big brother and a little brother, a cousin, an uncle, a nephew, a friend, a mate, a classmate, a co-worker, a neighbor!!!” the distraught sister wrote in another post.

In a statement to the Post, Royal Caribbean said it was working closely with local authorities, but added, “Out of respect for the family, we will not be releasing any further details about this unfortunate event.”


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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