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Carnival crew member overboard 30 miles northwest of Cuba; Coast Guard search underway

Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Bowe demonstrates how to properly moor up a cutter during a training exercise aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton in Key West, Jan. 28, 2014.

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By USA TODAY Published: July 6, 2019

MIAMI (Tribune News Service) — The search continued Friday morning for a 37-year-old man who fell overboard from the cruise ship Carnival Victory.

Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton searched throughout  the night, according to Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane rejoined the search at daylight Friday.

Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a report Thursday from the Carnival Victory that a crew member had fallen overboard about 30 miles northwest of Cuba.

Both the HC-144 and the cutter Charles Sexton searched the area Thursday.

According to Carnival's website, the Victory is based out of Miami.

Other incidents aboard cruise ships

In December, an autistic man disappeared from a Carnival cruise ship after climbing a railing along the side of the vessel and went overboard, according to Carnival.

The incident took place on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fantasy, which was on a five-night cruise out of Mobile, Alabama. The vessel was in the Gulf of Mexico at the time.

The reason the man – identified by his family as 22-year-old Luke Renner of Johns Creek, Georgia – jumped from the ship is unknown. But in a short statement, Carnival said his family believed he thought he was going swimming.

In June, a woman went aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship during a voyage in the Mediterranean Sea.

No trace of the woman was ever found.    

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