Rescuers Search for Overboard Cruise Passenger

The U.S. Coast Guard is in search of a 26-year-old man who reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Victory cruise ship about 35 miles south of the Florida Keys.

The Carnival cruise ship was headed back to Miami when the man disappeared below Islamorada.

Vance Gulliksen, a spokesman for Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement, “All appropriate authorities, including the United States Coast Guard, were notified, and the ship has joined in the search and rescue efforts.”

A plane, helicopter, and cutter are involved in the search.

According to the Twitter account of Kimberly Wyatt, a journalist onboard, the cruise line was posting an image of the missing man on televisions throughout the ship and searching every cabin.

She later posted that security cameras showed the man going overboard.

NBC News reported that a Carnival spokesman said that this incident was an “intentional act,” though in what ways it was intentional is unclear.

According to the cruise line, this man is missing. An intense search is underway right now. We have turned around. #Carnival #MissingPerson

“Sadly, all the facts surrounding this unfortunate incident indicate it was an intentional act,” a Carnival spokesman said. “We remain hopeful that the U.S. Coast Guard effort will bring positive news.”

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