The Australian man who died after falling overboard on a cruise ship in the Caribbean has been identified as 37-year-old entrepreneur and dad-of-two Jon Pfahl.

Mr Pfalh had been cruising with his wife and children on the Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas from St Kitts to St Thomas when the tragic incident occurred.

We reported earlier that the cruise ship dispatched a rescue boat, but unfortunately Mr Pfahl was already deceased and his body was recovered and returned to the ship.

Mr Pfahl was originally born in Sydney and started the Rockstar Group which mentors and invests in businesses.


Heart-Felt Tributes

Tributes have been flooding in since the report of this tragic death.

Family and friends of the London-based entrepreneur have described the man as a “true rockstar” and “outrageous, charismatic, talented” with a “huge heart”.

Karen Melonie Gould, a friend of My Pfahl, described waking to the “devastating news that my great friend and mentor Jonathan Pfahl died yesterday”.

“He will be greatly missed, I had a lot of love and respect for this very talented young man,” she said.

“He loved life and lived it to the full, my sincere condolences go out to his family.

“He was known to many as JP the legend, particularly to many young entrepreneurs whom he inspired, he believed in me when I did not believe in myself.”

The investigation is still underway by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

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  • How on earth does someone fall overboard on a cruise ship? It doesn’t happen often yet there are regular cruises. I can’t tell thinking he must have been doing something risky to have fallen in the ocean


  • Such a tragic loss for his family. Wonder if they’ll ever know how this tragic accident happened.


  • How very sad for his friends and family. RIP


  • This is so sad, a nightmare come to life. It sounds like he was an incredible man.


  • This is very sad news, my thoughts are with the family.


  • This is so tragic and sad. I’ve been on a cruise and whilst it’s lovely to walk the deck, I was always anxious about getting too close. Having said that… it is of a height that I would suggest makes it difficult to just fall over.


  • Very sad indeed. Wonder how he could have fallen over the railing ?


  • This is just awful. I’m not sure I understand how people fall from cruise ships though – they are very secure. And if he jumped – urgh way to go in ruining so many peoples holidays.


  • The bottom of the balconies are solid glass with sturdy rails on top of them. Unless they encountered rough water /storms I can’t understand how this tragedy happened.


  • Such a sad story my thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time


  • Terribly sad, a great loss to everyone, this guy was really talented. First I read about the women that went overboard and now this, how tragic for the family, what is going on if cruise ships cannot prevent this from happening.


  • So sad – condolences to his family.


  • This is so awful and every sympathy to the family.


  • very sad , tough for the family


  • Very sad. My thoughts & prayers go out to the family.


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