Coast Guard searching for missing cruise ship passenger near Bahamas

MIAMI — The Coast Guard is searching for a cruise ship passenger Saturday who reportedly went overboard about 60 miles north of Nassau, Bahamas.

According to fellow passengers, the 39-year-old man went overboard from the cruise ship Norwegian Sky around 3 a.m. Saturday. The Norwegian Sky departed from Miami for a three-day cruise and was traveling to its first port of call in Nassau.

Norwegian Sky crewmembers contacted the Coast Guard for assistance around 4 a.m. Saturday.

Search and rescue coordinators at the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami launched an HU-25 Falcon jet crew and an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, as well as an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island, Bahamas, to begin search efforts.

Also assisting in the search are:

* The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)
* The Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas cruise ship crew
* The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship crew
* Disney cruise line smallboat crews

The name of the missing passenger is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

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