Coast Guard suspends search for missing Carnival Elation cruise ship passenger

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraftMIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended their search at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for a man who reportedly went overboard Monday from the Carnival Elation cruise ship about 15 miles southwest of Abaco, Bahamas.

Missing is Kevin Wellons, 24, of Warner Robins, Georgia.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed to Great Inagua and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Miami covered more than 1,381 square miles over nine hours searching for Robins.

Watch standers with the Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center received notification at approximately 11 a.m.Monday from the Carnival Elation cruise ship that Wellons was reportedly seen going overboard from the 11th deck on the ship’s closed circuit television.

The cruise ship was transiting from Jacksonville to their first port of call in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Elation received the report of the missing passenger at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday from the passenger’s wife when the ship moored in Nassau.

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