NORTHWEST OF CUBA (WSVN) – A Carnival Cruise Line crew member has fallen overboard while the ship was on its way back to Miami.

The incident happened 25 nautical miles northwest of Cuba, U.S. Coast Guard officials said, Thursday.

According to a Carnival spokesperson, a crew member on board the Carnival Victory was witnessed falling overboard.

The cruise line said in a statement, “The ship’s command immediately returned to the location where the crew member fell overboard and initiated search and rescue activities, which are ongoing.”

Carnival officials said all appropriate authorities, including the Coast Guard, were notified and dispatched to aid in the search.

Photos from a passenger on board the ship showed a life boat in the distance looking for the crew member.

Other vessels in the area have been notified of the missing crew member, Carnival officials said.

The ship was on the last leg of a four-day cruise after departing from PortMiami on Monday, Carnival officials said.

The vessel was scheduled to return to its home port on Friday.

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