ToddTheCruiser
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Another person missing at sea.

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

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

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

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.

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akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

My brother just sent me a link to this.  It amazes me how this happens in the first place. 

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I find it hard to believe someone can "fall" over - the railings just do not allow for that.  Very very sad ...

ctav
Contributor Level: Captain

How many "adults" have you seen sitting on the railing carrying on idle chit chat with a drink in their hands? Now, how many of them get nasty when a crew person ask them to not sit on the railing?

 

ctav

 

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Agreed.  If it were that easy, we'd all be going overboard.  Like I was telling my brother, all the kids who run the ship willy nilly manage to stay on the ship--maybe the adults need lessons.

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I've only seen one person on the rail.  She was in a satiny looking formal having her pic taken by her boyfriend/DH or whatever he was.  This was on the Ecstasy on the outdoor dining area outside the Lido dining area.  No way to say anything without risking startling her and making her fall for sure since we were inside and they were outside.  I still cringe when I think about it.

 

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I live near Las Vegas and sadly enough there is a "jumper" almost every week ... it just doesn't get the press a cruise ship jumper does. More often then not, it's a bad combo of excessive drinking and gambling combined and really bad choices... Again, very very sad.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Now, we can bet that some other cruise sites will be pushing the ships liability and fault in this matter. It is apparent that action was taken right away when the lady "jumped, fell, was pushed'" I have my own view on the matter.

laytonblue09
Contributor Level: Captain

I cant, I cant!  It sad. Murder/Suicide???? Its just sad. Nervous   

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

So sad for the family and friends of the woman.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

It is IMPOSSIBLE to simply fall off a ship.  Unless you put yourself in a position to fall off by sitting or standing on a railing.  It may have been an accident, but it is a totally avoidable one.

 

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