The USCG has launched a search operation for a man who went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship on Thursday, October 24, with officials stating that the 26-year-old man was reported to have fallen from the “Carnival Dream”.
The Carnival Dream had departed from the port for a four-day cruise to Cozumel.
Specifically, according to local media that young man was reported to have overboard from the Carnival Dream, 47 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.
Moreover, the man fell from the cruise ship during the night hours and a video footage presents the difficulties the USCG faced during the search operations because of the dark and the rough seas.
Carnival commented in local media that “Based on camera footage, it appears the guest jumped from his stateroom balcony.” Adding that “The ship’s command promptly began search and rescue procedures, returned to the area near where the incident occurred and notified the US Coast Guard.”
Following the search and rescue operation, the USCG announced that they called off the operation, following a two-day search effort, when the USCG and good Samaritan vessels covered nearly 600 square miles of area, despite poor weather conditions.
Lt. Cmdr. Caren Damon, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Houston-Galveston concluded
With our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this young man, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our search … We would like to thank the three good Samaritan vessels, along with our crews, who faced extreme weather conditions during the search due to Tropical Storm Olga. At the height of the storm, search crews endured winds up to 35 mph, 12-foot seas and incredibly low visibility.