Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Couple

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a couple who were reported missing from the Carnival Paradise cruise ship yesterday.

Based on information provided from the FBI and the cruise ship, a C-130 airplane from the Coast Guard Air Station in Sacramento, Calif., searched specific areas where it was thought that the couple might have gone into the water, and along the entire track that the ship had taken during its cruise. The C-130 searched 1115 square miles of water, from Catalina Island down to Ensenada Mexico and back up to Long Beach looking for any signs of the couple.

Coast Guard Command Centers in Los Angeles and San Diego were also broadcasting a notice to mariners, asking ships captains to keep a look out while transiting the waters between Los Angeles and Ensenada.

The cruise ship had left Catalina Island bound for Ensenada, Mexico on Jan. 13, and had arrived in Long Beach yesterday. When the couple did not depart the ship the ships crew called the authorities. The last time the couple had been seen by the crew was around 7:45 p.m., on Jan. 13.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation on the disappearance. For inquiries into the investigation contact the FBI at 310-477-6565.

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