PHOTO: A United States Coast Guard helicopter. (Photo via Flickr/Matt Hecht)
The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday night that it has suspended its search for a missing cruise ship passenger who went overboard Monday.
According to the Coast Guard, 24-year-old Warner Robins, Georgia native Kevin Wellons was reportedly seen going overboard on Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Elation early Monday morning roughly 15 miles southwest of Abaco, Bahamas.
The ship's surveillance video captured Wellons going overboard from the 11th deck.
Carnival Elation crew alerted the Coast Guard around 11 a.m. local time Monday shortly after receiving a missing passenger report from Wellons' wife when the ship berthed in Nassau.
Coast Guard helicopter and airplane crews covered 1,381 square miles over nine hours before suspending their search.
The Carnival Elation was traveling from Jacksonville, Florida, en route to its first port of call in Nassau when Wellons went missing. The five-day voyage departed Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.
"Carnival's CareTeam is providing support to the missing guest's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time," Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement to Florida Times-Union news partner First Coast News.