At the time, the ship was sailing back to Miami from Cozumel.

According to the coastguard's statement, the man fell while the vessel was about 30 miles northwest of Cuba.

Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a report from the Carnival Victory that the crewmember was seen going overboard.

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton (WPC-1108) crew to search.