Coast Guard Search Underway for Carnival Cruise Ship Passenger who fell overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard is actively searching for a 26-year-old man who reportedly went overboard on December 14 while on the Carnival Cruise Victory. The search is ongoing as the Coast Guard focuses on a 35-mile radius off the coast of Islamorada, located in the Florida Keys.

The ship was on its way to Port Miami after a four-day voyage and was approximately 35 miles south of the Florida Keys when the man fell overboard during the early hours of Friday morning. Shortly after the incident, the Coast Guard 7th District was contacted. A rescue team, including an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David, Jr., and the Air Station Miami HC-144 were then issued to search for the missing man.

This incident marks the third person to fall overboard on a cruise ship in the last month. A 69-year old woman from Holland was reported as falling overboard the MSC Preziosa. She was not found by the Coast Guard. In addition, on November 22, a 27-year old crew member from the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas vanished from the ship, never to be found. In both of these incidents, the disappearances were not discovered for many hours until the ships reached port.

According to a 2010 federal law, cruise ships are mandated to be equipped with technology to detect overboard incidents as soon as they happen, “to the extent that such technology is available.” However, when asked about whether they have the technology aboard the Carnival Victory, Carnival declined to comment.


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