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Coast Guard searching for man who jumped overboard from Carnival cruise ship off Florida coast

A man jumped off a Carnival cruise ship off the Florida coast early Saturday morning, the cruise line said.

The passenger jumped from Carnival’s Mardi Gras ship just after midnight, about 55 miles east of Port Canaveral.

“The crew of Carnival Mardi Gras reported to the U.S. Coast Guard that an adult male guest jumped overboard early Saturday morning during the ship’s return to Port Canaveral,” a Carnival spokesperson told the Daily News.


The Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras, docked at Port Canaveral, Fla., Friday, July 30, 2021.

© Joe Burbank The Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras, docked at Port Canaveral, Fla., Friday, July 30, 2021.

The Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras, docked at Port Canaveral, Fla., Friday, July 30, 2021. (Joe Burbank/)

The Associated Press reported that the passenger was a 43-year-old male.

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Carnival’s Elation joined the Mardi Gras in the search for the man, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokesman David Micallef.

The Coast Guard also joined the search, sending two cutter vessels and an airplane.

“The ship’s crew participated in search and rescue efforts until the ship was released by the U.S. Coast Guard, which continues the search,” the Carnival spokesperson said. “The Carnival Care Team is supporting the guest’s family.”

Mardi Gras has since “arrived to Port Canaveral and will be sailing its next itinerary.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest and his family,” the spokesperson added.

The Doral, Fla.-headquartered company has a total of 24 ships, sailing from 14 U.S. homeports.

The Mardi Gras is the line’s newest ship, and it features the first roller coaster at sea. It sailed for the first time, from Port Canaveral, last summer.

The Carnival Celebration, a sister ship to the Mardi Gras, is scheduled to sail for the first time later this year from Miami.

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