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.