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Woman Seen Falling Overboard From Carnival Ecstasy … Coast Guard Searching For Her



BREAKING: Coast Guard chopper search

NASSAU — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a woman who fell from a Carnival cruise ship early Wednesday.

The 32-year-old woman plunged off the 11th deck around 2:30 a.m. when the Carnival Ecstasy was about 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

The woman jumped, said Jennifer de la Cruz, a spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Line.

The missing woman was identified by the Coast Guard as Rina Patel of Interlaken, New York.

She was last seen in a white dress with pink floral print.

When the woman first fell, the ship’s crew began man overboard procedures and called the Coast Guard, de la Cruz said. At 9 a.m., the Coast Guard sent the cruise ship on to its next destination, Charleston, South Carolina, where it was scheduled to arrive Thursday. Coast Guard crews stayed behind to keep looking.

“The company’s CareTeam is providing assistance and support to the missing guest’s family on board, and our thoughts and prayers are with her and family and loved ones during this difficult time,” de la Cruz said.

The Coast Guard has a helicopter, an airplane and ships on the lookout for the missing woman.

The ship was about 15 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama island at the time, the cruise line said. Coast Guard air and boat crews have launched a search.

The ship was en route from Nassau, Bahamas, to Charleston, South Carolina, at the time.

The ship is expected to arrive in Charleston, where it is based, on Thursday, according to the Coast Guard and Carnival.


THE JUMPER: Rina Patel of Interlaken, New York.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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