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"Royal Caribbean Cruises is not responsible for the overboard death of a Nebraska man who was reportedly served the equivalent of 30 drinks, a federal jury in Miami has found.

Todd and Lisa Skokan, parents of Nathaniel Skokan, along with brothers Samuel and Zachary had sought more than $75,000 in damages from the Miami-based cruise line. Nathaniel Skokan died on Dec. 22, 2016, on the last day of a five-day cruise out of Port Everglades aboard Independence of the Seas."

"His parents charged that the cruise line served the 22-year-old an excessive amount of alcohol as part of its all-inclusive drink package and “knew or should have known” he was a danger to himself or others.
They also charged that ship officials illegally detained them in their cabin during a search for their son and did not follow proper search and rescue procedures by waiting two hours to lower rescue boats after learning about the disappearance."

"Witnesses testified that Nathaniel Skokan was on the ship’s 12th floor deck with several passengers when one jokingly pointed to the handrail and suggested they should jump overboard. At 1:37 a.m., the young man pretended to throw himself up on the handrail but when he went to sit on it, lost his balance and slipped overboard, a witness said."