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Investigators: Man threatened to jump from cruise ship


MIAMI (AP) -- Days after video captured a cruise passenger clinging to a lifeboat and falling into the ocean, authorities say the passenger had threatened to jump overboard during a fight with his partner.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said Monday that Bernardo Garcia Teixeira and his partner, Erik Elbaz, were on a Royal Caribbean Cruise when the ship's security responded to their cabin Friday regarding a domestic disturbance.

A news release says video shows Garcia Teixeira declare his intentions to jump overboard and clinging to a lifeboat for more than a minute as staff members tried to rescue him. Garcia Teixeira falls, presumably to his death.

An attorney for Teixeira's family has told media the incident was preceded by homophobic comments by the ship's crew. Royal Caribbean has not responded to those accusations but said security acted professionally.

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