Multiple Coast Guard units searching after passenger jumps off cruise ship Carnival Fascination

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 31-year-old male, 25-miles off of Ponce Inlet, Fla., who was last seen on the cruise ship Carnival Fascination by a security guard before he leaped into the water, Tuesday.

Currently Searching are Coast Guard rescue crews aboard:

  • The 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Resolute home ported in St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • The 154-foot Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, a Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter homeported in Miami.
  • The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shrike homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla.
  • A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon, Fla.
  • HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

Crewmembers aboard the Carnival Fascination reported the incident to watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center at 2:09 a.m., Tuesday via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16.

The Carnival Fascination departed the cruise terminal in Jacksonville, Fla., at approximately 5 p.m., Monday en route to Key West Fla.

The security guard reported that he saw the 31-year-old male jump from the 10th deck into the water, a fall that is approximately 87-feet.

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