Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Missing Carnival Glory Passenger
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The search for a missing Virginia Tech student who went overboard a Carnival Cruise ship off the Bahamas has been suspended, according to Shayne Dwyer of WDBJ7.com.
According to Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen via Amy Friedenberger of the Roanoke Times, the 21-year-old male passenger, whose name is being withheld, was reported missing from the Carnival Glory on Sunday morning and security footage from the ship later confirmed that he went overboard.
The U.S. Coast Guard joined in the search for the missing student but suspended the efforts at sunset on Tuesday after covering "more than 4,600 square nautical miles with two aircraft and a ship," according to Dwyer.
In addition to the Carnival Glory, which later returned to the site of the incident a few miles off of Abaco Island, Bahamas, the Carnival Ecstasy participated in search and rescue operations. Gulliksen said the cruise line directed the ship to change its original course to assist with the emergency situation.
However, both vessels have since been released from the search, with the Carnival Ecstasy returning to Miami on Monday.
The Carnival Glory departed from its home port in Miami on Saturday and was on the first leg of a seven-day Caribbean voyage when the student was reported missing over the weekend. The ship missed its stop in Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas but is back on its scheduled itinerary.
According to Friedenberger, Carnival Cruise Lines' CareTeam is currently offering support to the missing guest's family and friends aboard the ship.
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