MIAMI – Coast Guard aircraft and cutters are searching approximately 1,350 square miles of ocean for a missing cruise ship crewmember believed to have fallen overboard about 45 miles north of Nassau, Bahamas, Friday
The 46-year-old India man did not report to morning muster at 6:30 a.m. Friday before the Carnival Glory moored in Nassau. It was reported by the cruise ship crew that the man was believed to have possibly fallen overboard sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
The crew of the Carnival Glory searched the ship and reviewed security tapes before notifying the Coast Guard around 12:30 p.m. which is standard practice when a passenger or crewmember is missing.
Search and rescue coordinators at the Seventh Coast Guard District command center in Miami diverted a HC-130 Hercules aircraft assisting in another rescue case, an HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Miami and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke. Two HH-60 Jayhawks supporting Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) have been launched to relieve the other two aircraft.
The cutter Ocracoke is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Miami.