Plumstead Twp. man leaps from ship after marital spat

Posted: May 31, 2006

After four drinks and an argument with his wife, a Plumstead Township man jumped from the balcony of a cruise ship off Bermuda as his two young sons watched, the U.S. Coast Guard said yesterday.

Ramesh Krishnamurthy, 35, jumped from the Carnival Legend about 1 a.m. Saturday and has not been found. The Coast Guard searched the Atlantic Ocean about 200 miles off the coast of Bermuda for more than a day before suspending the operation at 6 p.m. Sunday. If new information comes to light, the search will resume, Petty Officer Christopher Evanson said.

At Krishnamurthy's home, a woman answering the phone yesterday said the family had no comment.

Doylestown lawyer William Goldman Jr. met with Krishnamurthy's wife, Paige, late yesterday afternoon. Goldman said the family was "not questioning the accuracy of the report."

He said he was retained to get information about the Coast Guard investigation and to make contact with Carnival Cruise Lines. He would not say whether Paige Krishnamurthy planned to file a lawsuit.

"It's a very vulnerable time for a person," Goldman said. "This is a woman who suffered a tragedy and witnessed a tragedy."

Neighbors on the 4500 block of Deep Glen Way, where the family has lived since 2001, said that Paige and Ramesh Krishnamurthy were private and that their sons were not yet of school age.

Evanson said he did not know what the couple argued about before Krishnamurthy jumped. He said witnesses told Coast Guard investigators that Krishnamurthy had four alcoholic beverages in the hours before he jumped.

The Carnival Legend had left the Caribbean island of Tortola and was on its way back to New York when the man leaped overboard. The ship remained at the scene for 12 hours before the Coast Guard allowed it to proceed to New York, according to a news release from Carnival.

"The company's thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the missing guest," the news release said.

According to an investigative report by the Miami Herald, six passengers have gone missing from Carnival lines since 2004.

Contact staff writer Christine Schiavo at 215-348-0337 or cschiavo@phillynews.com.

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