Coast Guard looks for woman who fell off Carnival Cruise ship based in SC

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MIAMI – The US Coast Guard is searching for a 32 year old woman who apparently fell overboard from the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: Officials search for woman who witnesses say jumped overboard on cruise ship

The ship was sailing near Freeport, Bahamas when she fell from the 11th deck.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has dispatched aircraft and two ships to an area about 27 miles southwest of the island of Grand Bahama to look for the 32-year-old woman. A Coast Guard statement says the woman was seen falling before dawn Wednesday from the 11th deck of the Carnival Ecstasy.

Helicopters are assisting in the search.

The ships last stop was in Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday. The next stop is scheduled to be in Charleston on Thursday.

The woman’s name and hometown were not released.

Carnival Ecstasy media officials released the following statement on Wednesday morning:

Early this morning, a 32-year-old female guest was witnessed jumping overboard from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy. The ship was approximately 15 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama island. Man overboard procedures were initiated immediately along with notification to the U.S. Coast Guard. Cruise ship personnel have been participating in the search and rescue operation throughout the morning. At 9 a.m., USCG released the cruise ship to resume its course for Charleston. USCG remains on site to continue the search. The company’s CareTeam is providing assistance and support to the missing guest’s family on board and our thoughts and prayers are with her and family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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