A female crew member on one of the cruise ships anchored off Barbados has committed suicide while waiting to be repatriated.
Barbados police confirm they are treating the death as a suicide and identify the victim as a 28-year-old assistant waitress.
She had been last seen about 3 am heading to her room, was reported missing after a subsequent roll call and her body was discovered about 1 pm hanging from the balcony of her room by a bedsheet. This was on board the Harmony Of The Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship.
The deceased crew member, Mariah Jocson, was described as a “new hire,” and was from Mandaluyong in the Philippines. Her family has been notified.
The Harmony of the Seas is currently in Barbados with around 2,000 crew members still aboard waiting to be returned home, including many crew members who transferred from the Vision of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, and Rhapsody of the Seas. 
The Royal Caribbean “Crew Repatriation Weekly Update” dated June 5, 2020 lists over twenty flights from Barbados to the Philippines in the next three weeks through June 30th.
This has reportedly been a difficult six weeks for many crew members who have remained on cruise ships around the world during the period of cruising suspension, which is now approaching 90 days.
Globally, several such suicides have been reported.
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