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Coast Guard Searches For Man Who Fell Overboard Near Bahamas

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MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 35-year-old man who fell off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship near the Bahamas.

Petty Officer Mark Barney says the Coast Guard got a report around 1 a.m. Friday that a Brazilian man was on the seventh deck of the Oasis of the Seas ship when he apparently jumped into a life raft on the sixth deck and eventually fell overboard.

Barney says the Coast Guard sent a C-130 plane from Clearwater, Florida, to begin searching. An MH-60 helicopter joined the search at daybreak. In addition, Barney says the cruise ship sent two search boats to look for the man.

The man’s name hasn’t been released. A statement from Royal Caribbean says the man is from Brazil.

The Oasis of the Seas sails to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral and was 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas, when the man fell.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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