The US Coast Guard informed that it suspended its search for a Carnival Paradise cruise ship passenger who reportedly went overboard about 85 miles west of Fort Myers, on Tuesday, 22 May. The missing person is Brian Lamonds of Greensboro, North Carolina.
USCG Sector Key West watchstanders received a call at approximately 10 a.m., from the cruise ship, stating the man was missing and reportedly went overboard. At the time, the ship was underway on a six-day cruise from Tampa to Key West, at the time.
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A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo, homeported in Key West, assisted in the search.
Cmdr. David Aldous, search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard 7th District, stated:
I have been in contact with members of Mr. Lamonds’ family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them. Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.
The USCG Crews searched for approximately 55 hours covering 3,059 square miles.