The Coast Guard began searching for a 35-year-old man Tuesday after he fell from a Carnival Magic cruise ship 186 miles off the east coast of Jacksonville.
According to a statement shared via Twitter, the Coast Guard reported that they are using air and sea assets in the search for the man.
#UPDATE @USCG crews will continue the search for the 35 year-old man with air assets until sunset and water assets throughout the night.
The total area searched by Coast Guard crews is 4,044 square miles and 19 hours of resource search hours.#USCG #Florida #SAR pic.twitter.com/fhEpMlThQ9
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 30, 2023
Carnival Cruise Lines have not yet confirmed the reasons for the victim’s fall, and according to local media, the accident occurred when the cruise ship sailed along the east coast of Florida.
The cruise company released a statement saying that the man was reported missing by his companion on Monday afternoons.
A review of the ship’s security cameras showed that the man leaned over the balcony railing in his cabin.
A Coast Guard spokesman said that the Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship had no responsibility to participate in the rescue effort and would continue its course to Norfolk.