Search suspended for missing cruise ship passenger near Bahamas

NEAR BAHAMAS (WSVN) – The Coast Guard has suspended their search for a man who reportedly went overboard Monday morning from the Carnival Elation cruise ship about 15 miles southwest of Abaco, Bahamas.

Watch standers with the Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center received a notification at approximately 11:00 a.m. from the Carnival Elation cruise ship that a 24-year-old man was reportedly seen going overboard from the 11th deck on the ship’s closed circuit TV.

The watch standers directed the launch of a forward deployed Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to search.

Coast Guard officials covered more than 1,381 square miles for nearly nine hours.

Carnival Elation was transiting from Jacksonville, Fla., to their first port of call in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Elation received the report of the missing passenger at approximately 8:30 a.m. from the passenger’s wife once they were moored in Nassau, Bahamas.

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