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Carnival cruise passenger triggers search after falling overboard in Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard is looking for a passenger who jumped overboard en route to New Orleans while traveling on a Carnival cruise ship from Mexico.

The Carnival Valor ship was 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana on Wednesday when the 32-year-old woman reportedly jumped into the Gulf of Mexico.

Other passengers were on deck to capture the rescue effort and aftermath on camera. “Just a follow up when someone goes and drowns in the depths of the ocean while on a cruise ship the party/activities don’t stop,” said one Twitter user who posted photos and a video of a lifeline as a dot in the ocean, with a plume of red smoke from a flare.

“How often do they find people jumping off cruise ships, ever?” a woman is heard saying in the video.

“The Carnival’s Care team is supporting the guest’s husband who was traveling with her,” the cruise line said in a statement following the incident.

He was the second Carnival passenger to fall overboard in three months. A woman in her 20s fell from the fifth-floor balcony of a Carnival ship in December. The US Coast Guard searched for this passenger for 31 hours before stopping the search and presuming her dead.

The cruise line made a very similar statement for the December incident. “Our thoughts are with the guest and their family, and our care team is supportive.”

There is no central authority to track man overboard statistics for cruise liners. Associate Professor of Social Work at Memorial University Ross A. Klein conducted his own research and found that more than 300 people have gone too far on cruise ships and ferries in the past 18 years so far. in 2021.

The Independent has contacted Carnival for further updates.


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