Update: A statement has been provided by Metal Injection's own Frank Godla, who is aboard the ship.
"Around 3:30AM I was woken up by some really choppy waters and the boat making a hard U-turn that left me wondering what's going on," wrote Godla. "Roughly 20 minutes later, the captain made us aware a passenger went overboard and a search and rescue mission has begun. They made several more announcements over the next hours, and around 6AM informed everyone the program is canceled until 1PM.
"An hour ago [roughly 2PM] , the captain had to make a very sad announcement to all onboard that after 9 hours of searching, they have no choice but to conclude the rescue mission and resume course to Miami. Everyone on board knows there was nothing easy about this, as the waters remained extremely choppy during the search. Our thoughts are with our fallen metal brother and his friends and family.
"Despite the sad news, the attendees remain understanding of the situation and taking things as they come. There's a lot of confusion, and it's still unclear how much of the programming will change today. I'd like to point out this does not reflect on HBB, or Norwegian cruises in any way. In fact, after metal cruising for over a decade, HBB has easily been my favorite experience yet.
"It's a shame for this to happen to such a well behaved and gracious group of people celebrating the maiden voyage of what will be extreme metal's best festival on the seas."
Original story: Headbangers Boat has sadly ended on a tragic note as a 41-year-old male guest went overboard. According to a spokesperson for the Norwegian Cruise Line in conversation with Rock Feed, the guest went overboard somewhere on the trip back between the Bahamas and Miami, FL. The United States Coast Guard is currently performing a search and rescue operation to find the guest. We wish them, as well as the man overboard, all the best at this time.
"On the early morning of Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, Norwegian Pearl was notified that a 41-year-old male guest went overboard while the ship was sailing near the Bahamas on its way to Miami. The authorities have been notified and the United States Coast Guard search and rescue operation is underway. The investigation is ongoing, and we will share updates as appropriate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time"
No other details are available at this time. Metal Injection's own Frank Godla, who is currently aboard the Headbangers Boat, confirms that the rescue mission has been going on since earlier this morning. This story will be updated as we gain more information.