Coast Guard searching for man who jumped from Carnival cruise ship off Florida coast

Officials are searching for a man who jumped off the deck of a Carnival cruise ship off the Florida coast on Sunday.

The US Coast Guard has dispatched flight crews and a cutter barge to search for a 30-year-old man who flew over the railing of the Carnival Elation off the coast of Melbourne, Fla., the service said.

“The crew was notified of his missing status by his traveling companion late (Sunday) afternoon after he had not been seen for an entire day,” Carnival said told The New York Post in an opinion. “Unfortunately, after an extensive search on board and a review of security camera footage, it was discovered that he had jumped.”

Carnival added that officials were alerted to the incident and advised to proceed Monday to Jacksonville, Fla., the final stop of the four-day Bahamas cruise itinerary.

Officials have used the 87-foot cutter Tarpon from St. Petersburg, a Hercules plane from Clearwater and an Ocean Sentry plane from Miami as part of the search, WFLA said reports.

The 855-foot Elation weighs nearly 72,000 tons and can carry nearly 2,200 guests and 900 crew members. according to Fox 35 Orlando.

In May, a Carnival passenger named Ronnie Peale fell overboard the Magic ship and crashed into Florida waters.

The Coast Guard could not find the man after a search of more than 5,171 miles in 60 hours stopped the search.

Russell Falcon

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