A woman either fell or jumped off the Carnival Ecstasy.


Coast Guard continuing search for cruise ship passenger who went overboard

Wednesday, September 7th 2016, 9:10 am EDTWednesday, September 7th 2016, 2:37 pm EDT

time.prefixdate:before{content:'Posted: ';}time.prefixdate:before{content:'Updated: ';}

By Patrick Phillips, Digital Content Manager Email Connect pphillips@live5news.com  
    .addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 span {width: 22px !important;height: 23px !important;background: url("http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncustom/custom/raycom/2015/images/raycom-sprite.png") no-repeat left !important;}.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 span.aticon-facebook,.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 a.addthis_button_facebook span.at-icon-wrapper {background-position: -320px -10px !important;}.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 span.aticon-twitter,.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 a.addthis_button_twitter span.at-icon-wrapper {background-position: -352px -10px !important;}.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 span.at_PinItButton,.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 a.addthis_button_pinterest span.at-icon-wrapper {background-position: -416px -10px !important;}.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 span.aticon-email,.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 a.addthis_button_email span.at-icon-wrapper {background-position: -446px -10px !important;}.addthis_toolbox.raycom2015 span.at-icon-wrapper svg {display:none;}

    Source: U.S. Coast Guard/FileSource: U.S. Coast Guard/File


Coast Guard officials said Wednesday afternoon suspending the search for a woman who went overboard from the Carnival Ecstacy cruise ship early Wednesday morning is currently "not on the table."

The Coast Guard initially reported the incident, which happened approximately 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas, as a woman "who reportedly fell overboard." A Carnival spokesperson said witnesses reported she jumped about 15 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama Island.

The woman fell approximately 100 feet into the water from the ship, Coast Guard officials say.

Watchstanders with the 7th Coast Guard District command center received notification from the Carnival Ecstasy crew that a 32-year-old woman was reportedly seen falling overboard at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday from the 11th deck, the release states.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet crew are assisting in the search. 

The Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber crew was also diverted to assist in the search.

The Carnival Ecstasy's last port of call was in Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday. 

There are 2,300 passengers on board, according to Carnival.

Delayed about one hour, the ship will arrive in Charleston at 8 a.m. Thursday, officials say. 

The woman's identity and hometown have not been released.