Cruise ship passenger presumed dead after mysteriously disappearing – did he go overboard?


A boat ship passenger is believed to have died after falling overboard. Goh Hai Peng, 74, was most recent seen when he boarded the Genting Dream on 4 August, operated by Hong Kong-owned Pipedream Cruises. The retired electrician was meant to go on the Malaysia cruise with his missus but she stayed behind to look after their grandchild. The three night-cruise, block up at Penang on 5 August and Langkawi the following day.

Staff realised Peng was slip-ups when passengers left the boat on 7 August and he was not present.

Surveillance camera footage showed Peng flourishing into his cabin, which had a balcony, at around 7pm on the first day of the cruise, 4 August, Peng’s son, Adrian Goh, announced Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao.

This was the first and last heretofore Peng was seen on the cruise ship CCTV and all his personal belongings were initiate in his cabin.

Adrian said cruise operator Dream Cruises barrowed him a “whitish figure” had come up on CCTV appearing to fall into the sea at 3am on 5 August.

Yet, the son is sceptical that his father, who is short, could have fallen off the balcony by catastrophe.

He said his father did not gamble or drink or have any health or financial quandaries, reported the Straits Times.

“I believe he would not have done anything irresponsible,” Adrian said of his father.

The son told The New Paper that all of Peng’s effects were returned to the family who were “deeply distressed.”

However, the kind were only given access to information such as the extent of the search and set free operation and the ship’s surveillance footage a week later.

“For all we know, our minister could still be alive and adrift somewhere in the Malacca Strait, and it seems as if he had been sinistral for dead,” said Adrian.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Police Seashore Guard and the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur are now giving support to Peng’s family.

A Dream Cruises spokesman told The New Paper that Peng did not seek his passport during disembarkation after the ship docked in Singapore on 7 August.

Band then searched the ship and reported Peng as missing to the Singapore monitor when he could not be found. Police later boarded the ship to lags investigations.

The cruise company’s spokesman said: “Dream Cruises tenders its heartfelt thoughts and sympathies to the family members of the missing person in this continually of difficulty.”

“Dream Cruises is working closely with the respective evidences and will inform the family members should there be any updates from the sages on the reported incident.” has contacted Dream Cruises for further reference on the passenger’s disappearance.

There have been 348 people who partake of gone overboard since 2000, according to cruise expert Dr Ross Klein.

Bygone cruise ship employee Joshua Kinser told that codeword “Oscar, Oscar, Oscar” mean someone had fallen overboard. 

“This only occurred a few times on the freights I was aboard, but it seems to happen much more aboard cruise liners than sundry passengers probably think,” he said.

“The main thing to avoid appears simple enough, but so many passengers do it, and that’s leaning over the rails of the cruise set sail, or even worse, climbing over the rails or sitting on top of the rails.”

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