Search initiated for cruise-ship crewmember who fell overboard

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:


(MIAMI) — The Coast Guard is searching for an employee from the cruise ship Carnival Sensation, who fell overboard while the ship was at sea about 20 miles east of Vero Beach, Fla., Thursday.

Co-workers reported him falling overboard to cruise ship officials around 12:50 a.m. Thursday. Cruise ship personnel immediately contacted the Coast Guard for assistance and initiated a search for the employee.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators in Miami launched an Air Station Miami HU-25 Falcon jet crew, HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew, HU-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, 33-foot Special Purpose boat crew from Station Fort Pierce, Fla., and the Cutter Bluefin and Cutter Shrike, both 87-foot patrol boats, to search for the missing employee. The Carnival Sensation is also assisting with the search.

By Professional Mariner Staff