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The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday that it halted its search for a woman who went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship near Ensenada, Mexico.
By Johnny Diaz
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended a 31-hour search for a passenger who fell off a cruise ship near Mexico, the authorities said on Sunday.
The woman, who was not immediately identified, was aboard a Carnival cruise ship when she fell on Saturday morning “from the balcony of her stateroom,” Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement. The company said the ship had been on a three-day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico, and the Coast Guard said the woman fell near there.
Carnival did not provide further details of how the woman fell overboard.
On Saturday, the Coast Guard said that it had deployed a cutter called the Forrest Rednour as well as a helicopter, and that it was working with Mexico’s Navy to find the woman.
Crews started searching early in the morning on Saturday and into Sunday, the Coast Guard said. It led a search of about 520 square nautical miles, it said.
One passenger told a California news station, KABC-TV , that he heard someone say, “Man overboard, man overboard port side” on the ship’s speakers. He said that when he looked over the balcony of his room, he saw crew members tossing life preservers into the water.
Daniel Miranda, another passenger, told the station that cruise officials said that they had “verified through the cameras” that a woman had fallen into the water. A photo he took, broadcast by the station, also showed that the area of the ship where the woman fell had been cordoned off with blue tape.
After more than 31 hours scouring the area, the Coast Guard said on Sunday that it had suspended its search “pending additional information.”
The cruise company said in its statement that after assisting the Coast Guard, its ship had returned to Long Beach, Calif., as scheduled on Dec. 12. “Our thoughts are with the guest and her family, and our Care Team is providing support,” the company said.
In California, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents went to the ship “with an evidence response team” to assist in the case, a spokeswoman for the bureau said on Monday.
It is increasingly uncommon for passengers to fall from cruise ships, according to Carolyn Spencer Brown, who has covered the cruise industry for about 25 years, currently as chief content officer of Cruise Media LLC.
“It’s becoming much more uncommon than it was 20 years ago,” she said, citing the “increasingly sophisticated design specifications” that have prioritized safety on ships.
“They are designed to keep you safe,” she continued. “You really don’t hear about it very often, and when it happens, typically there are other factors involved.”
In 2010, Congress passed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act , which required ships be equipped with rails no shorter than 42 inches above the deck, and with alarms and other technology to help signal and find passengers who go overboard.
In 2018 and 2019, 26 and 29 people fell overboard from cruise and ferry ships, according to Cruisejunkie.com , which lists cases reported by the news media, including those involving people who jumped. In 2020 and 2021, when far fewer passengers took cruises because of the pandemic, the site recorded three incidents.
Ross A. Klein, who tracks the cases of people who fall overboard on his website, Cruisejunkie.com, wrote in a June 2019 report that information on people who fall overboard is limited “as cases may not be publicly reported.”
Falls overboard could involve intoxication, accidents or deliberate jumps, Mr. Klein’s report said, but he warned there was reason to be cautious with labels because of the lack of information.
“Alcohol intoxication is known in only a small percentage of cases, largely because there is no systematic reporting of persons overboard, and no accounting of behavior prior to a disappearance (such as alcohol consumption),” the report said.
Asked about how many people have fallen overboard from Carnival ships in recent years, a spokeswoman for the company said she did not have any further information other than the statement about this weekend’s search.
The ship traveling to Ensenada this weekend, the Carnival Miracle, debuted in 2004 and can accommodate more than 2,100 guests and 934 crew members, according to the company.
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Woman rescued after falling off Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Unidentified 42-year-old was found in good health and safely recovered by the coast guard.
Woman rescued after falling off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
A woman was rescued after falling out of the 10th deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship near the Dominican Republic. It is unclear whether the woman accidentally fell from the ship or intentionally jumped. (Credit: @matthew_kuhn/LOCAL NEWS X /TMX)
A woman on a cruise vacation had a close call after falling overboard on Sunday, dramatic video footage of the incident showed.
The unidentified woman, 42, was aboard Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas when she was said to have plummeted into the ocean.
It is not immediately clear what caused the woman to go over the ship's railing on the 10th deck of the cruise vessel, but the woman was reported to have been in the water up to 45 minutes before being rescued.
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Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas, docked at Port Canaveral, Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
The incident took place southeast of the Dominican Republic, according to reports.
Ship staff issued an alert to local authorities, and a search was launched.
"The ship and crew immediately reported the incident to local authorities and began searching for the guest," Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
COAST GUARD SUSPENDS SEARCH FOR MAN WHO FELL OVERBOARD FROM CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP NEAR FLORIDA
The company added, "Thankfully, the guest was successfully recovered and was brought on board. Our care team is now offering assistance and support to them and their traveling party."
The woman was discovered in good health and brought back aboard the Mariner of the Seas by the U.S. Coast Guard.
She received immediate care from the ship's medical team.
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People wave as Royal Caribbeans Mariner of the seas cruise ship departs from Port Canaveral. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
"Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector San Juan received a report from the Cruise Ship Mariner of the Seas at approximately 5:44 p.m. Sunday that the ship’s crew had rescued a female passenger, 42, U.S. citizen, who had gone overboard.," the Coast Guard wrote in a press statement.
The Coast Guard continued, "The cruise ship was transiting approximately 27 nautical miles south of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic when the incident occurred and was en route to Willemstad, Curaçao."
The Mariner of the Seas launched from Port Canaveral in Florida on June 23 and is expected to arrive back on July 1.
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The trip is set to last eight days and take a route through the southern Caribbean.
While cruise ships have made major advancements in passenger safety, an average of 19 people have fallen overboard per year between 2009 and 2019, according to a report from the Cruise Lines International Association.
Of those who fall overboard, only a small number are rescued.
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Crews search for overboard msc cruise ship crew member; voyage began in miami, msc seascape was in waters off puerto rico when he fell over, coast guard says.
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AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard searched Wednesday for a cruise ship crew member believed to have fallen overboard off the coast of Puerto Rico the previous night.
The MSC Seascape was off the coast of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Tuesday night during a 14-day Caribbean cruise that originated from PortMiami, according to CruiseMapper .
The ship notified the Coast Guard of the missing crew member just before 9 p.m., while enroute from San Juan to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, according to the Coast Guard.
“The cruise ship reported throwing a lifeline and three life rings with the cruise ship’s name on them and launched the cruise ship rescue boat to search,” a news release states.
The missing crew member is a 30-year-old Indian national. He was 80 feet from the bow and fell from a height of roughly 32 feet when he was reportedly seen going overboard, according to the Coast Guard.
“Once on scene, the Coast Guard aircrew commenced searching and deployed a self-locating datum marker buoy that measures sea currents to assist with the search,” the release states. “Shortly thereafter, the Coast Guard cutters arrived on scene. At approximately 7:30 a.m. the Coast Guard aircrew reported locating the three life rings within the search area.”
Coast Guard crews were unable to find the man and the ship continued on to the Dominican Republic, the agency said.
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The Coast Guard called off the search for a Carnival cruise passenger who went overboard in the Gulf of Mexico
- The Coast Guard suspended its search for a man who went overboard from a Carnival Glory cruise ship.
- Tyler Barnett, 28, went overboard on Monday. The cruise line said he jumped.
- His mother told Business Insider she believes Barnett slipped.
The US Coast Guard announced on Thursday that it called off its search for a man who went overboard from a Carnival Glory cruise in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week.
In a press release, the Coast Guard said that Carnival Cruise Lines reported 28-year-old Tyler Barnett missing to the USCG around 12:40 p.m. on Monday. The Houma, Louisiana, resident went overboard about 30 miles off the coast of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, the statement continued.
According to its statement, the Coast Guard suspended its mission after searching 5,625 square miles, an area roughly the size of Connecticut.
The Coast Guard is searching an approximately 200-mile area for an unaccounted-for 28-year-old man from the Carnival Glory cruise ship. Full press release here https://t.co/Q85HafNX1H pic.twitter.com/gFaz92U0Ax — USCG Heartland (@USCGHeartland) November 14, 2023
According to the Coast Guard's statement, inclement weather made the search more difficult. Crews reportedly faced "8-foot to 12-foot seas, limited visibility, and gale force winds" while searching for Barnett.
"The Coast Guard launched multiple search and rescue assets as soon as we were notified of a missing passenger from the Carnival Glory," Lieutenant Commander Sean DiGeorge, the search and rescue mission coordinator, said in the statement.
"Our crews battled severe weather conditions for multiple days and made every effort to find Mr. Barnett. Suspending an active search is never a decision we make lightly, and we offer our most sincere condolences to Mr. Barnett's family and friends."
As Business Insider previously reported , surveillance footage viewed by the ship's security team appeared to show Barnett jumping from Deck 4 after midnight on Monday.
"He can be seen climbing on a lifeboat and jumping from there," a company spokesperson said in an update issued Tuesday.
Barnett's mother, Elisha Reid, told BI she doesn't believe he jumped, and after reviewing security footage, she thinks he slipped.
"They hit a wave and he went down off the lifeboat," she said. "Tyler was my only son, my firstborn. He was my everything in life! He was the air I breathed. He was the beat of my heart. I feel as if my heart no longer beats."
Barnett, who had two twin girls, isn't the first cruise passenger to go overboard this year.
Since January, at least nine other people have gone overboard . On Wednesday, just two days after Barnett's disappearance, the Coast Guard began its search for a 30-year-old who went overboard from an MSC cruise ship .
Earlier this month, a 41-year-old passenger fell overboard during the annual "Headbangers Boat," a heavy-metal-themed cruise to the Bahamas.
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Family of toddler who fell off Royal Caribbean ship says cruise line is to blame
The family of a little girl who fell 11 stories to her death on a Royal Caribbean ship in Puerto Rico continues to say the cruise line needs to be held accountable for what happened.
Michael Winkleman, an attorney for the Wiegand family, reiterated Tuesday that Royal Caribbean is at fault, while the family shared new photos from the ship taken after the accident.
Eighteen-month-old Chloe Wiegand died Sunday when she fell through an open window on the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship, landing on a concrete dock.
Chloe's grandfather, Sam Anello, had placed her on a railing near the window, unaware that it was open, the family said.
Original reports indicated Anello may have dropped the girl, but her family disputes that claim. It's unclear why the window was open or who may have opened it.
"He puts her up on there thinking she's going to bang on the glass and it's going to be great, and she goes to bang on the glass and the next thing he knows she's gone,” Winkleman said.
Winkleman said Royal Caribbean should have provided some sort of notice.
"How about a warning? How about a sign? How about something?" he said.
Anello works in information technology for St. Joseph County in South Bend, Indiana. Fellow employees were stunned by the tragic turn of events.
"He just loved, loves his grandkids and its, it's just hard," county auditor Mike Hamann said while fighting back tears. "Sorry, it's hard to imagine this for him and anyone."
Royal Caribbean has not commented about any claims it was negligent, although it did release a statement saying it is "deeply saddened" and "our hearts go out to the family."
In South Bend, locals were raising money in support of the family.
"The family was looking forward to it and now a part of them is not going home, that's hard," James Burns, a South Bend police officer, said.
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A young girl has fallen to her death from a cruise ship in Puerto Rico after reportedly being accidentally dropped overboard by her grandfather.
The American toddler, believed to have been 18 months old, plunged from the 11th deck of the Freedom of the Seas while the boat was docked in San Juan .
She landed on the concrete port below and was pronounced dead shortly after the accident on Sunday afternoon.
The girl fell about 150ft after slipping through her grandfather’s arms as he held her by an open window, according to local media reports.
“Unfortunately, the news of a baby’s accident on a cruise ship is true,” confirmed Anthony Maceira Zayas, Puerto Rico’s secretary for public affairs and Ports Authority executive director.
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The Caribbean island’s Department of Public Security added in a statement: “We regret the sad event that occurred on the Freedom of the Seas cruise and we sympathise with the family of the girl who died.”
The girl’s family are believed to be from Indiana .
Another passenger on the cruise told Spanish-language television station Telemundo PR they heard the toddler’s mother screaming following the fall.
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“That cry of pain does not compare with any other cry,” they added.
A spokesperson for Royal Carribean , which owns the ship, told The Independent : “We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family.
“We’ve made our care team available to assist the family with any resources they need. Out of respect for their privacy, we do not plan to comment further on the incident.”
The girl had been on holiday with her parents, younger brother and maternal and paternal grandparents, according to Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora .
Puerto Rico Police’s San Juan homicide department are investigating the toddler’s death, but they are not yet thought to have interviewed her family.
Investigators have been speaking to witnesses who saw the fall and are expected to examine CCTV footage.
The Freedom of the Seas, which can accommodate 3,634 passengers, was about to embark on a seven-day Carribean cruise when the accident happened.
The ship, which is the world’s 15th largest passenger boat, was delayed leaving the port but eventually set sail for Sint Marteen at 8.30pm local time (12.30am Monday GMT).
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Girl dies after falling from cruise ship's interior deck to one below in miami.
— -- An 8-year-old girl died Saturday after falling from one deck in a cruise ship's interior atrium to a lower deck, officials said.
The girl, whose name has not been released, fell on the Carnival Glory cruise ship while it was docked at the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami on Saturday morning. Miami Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene around 8:15 a.m. ET and provided emergency care to the child, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
The girl was subsequently taken to the nearby Ryder Trauma Center, where she died from her injuries, police said.
Erika Benitez of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told ABC News the girl was in critical condition when she arrived at the hospital.
It's unclear what led the child to fall. Homicide detectives are investigating the incident, police said.
Carnival Cruise Lines said the the ship's command immediately contacted police after she fell and transported her to the ship's medical center.
“Our most heartfelt care and concern is with the family at this very difficult time.” Carnival Cruise Lines spokesperson Jennifer de la Cruz said in a statement Saturday.
ABC News' Brendan Rand contributed to this report.
This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.
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Grandfather of toddler who fell out of cruise ship window sentenced to 3 years' probation
The grandfather who was with his 18-month-old granddaughter when she fell to her death from an open window on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, according to Puerto Rico's Department of Justice .
Salvatore “Sam” Anello, of Valparaiso, Indiana, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide last year after his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, fell through an 11-story window from the ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July 2019.
Anello had initially pleaded not guilty, but last February said that he was going to plead guilty so his family could begin to move on from the tragedy. The plea deal allowed Anello to avoid jail time and serve the probation in his home state, Michael Winkleman, an attorney for the Wiegand family, has said.
Chloe was with her mother in a children's water park area on the pool's 11th deck. Her mother had to tend to another matter and asked Anello to watch her, according to an ongoing lawsuit the family filed in December 2019 against Royal Caribbean Cruises.
The family alleges that the cruise ship company is at fault for Chloe's death, a claim the company has strongly denied . Royal Caribbean did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.
The lawsuit said that Anello was "closely supervising" his granddaughter "when Chloe walked over to a nearby wall of glass." Anello followed and put the girl up to the window so she could bang on the glass but she slipped from his hands and fell through the open window.
Anello has repeatedly said that he did not know the window was open, while the cruise company had released images they say prove Anello had leaned out the window and therefore knew it was open. Winkleman has said the pictures were "misleading."
In July 2019, Chloe's mother, Kimberly Wiegand, said it was confounding that there would be an open air window on an 11th-floor pool deck. "There are a million things that could've been done to make that safer," she said.
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Harrowing surveillance video captures 1-year-old's fatal fall off cruise ship
Chloe Wiegand was on a Royal Caribbean ship when she fell to her death in July.
Harrowing surveillance video from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship captured the tragic final moments of a 1-year-old girl enjoying a vacation with her family before falling to her death.
Chloe Wiegand, an 18-month-old from Indiana, was traveling with her grandparents and parents on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas at the time of the July incident.
While the ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Chloe was with her grandfather, Salvatore Anello, in the children's water park play area. Anello put her on a wood railing in front of a wall of glass windows, later saying he thought she'd bang on the glass -- but the window was open, according to Anello's family attorney, Michael Winkleman.
(MORE: Grandfather charged in 1-year-old granddaughter's cruise ship death faces prosecutors in court)
ABC News reviewed surveillance video of the incident, which was discovery evidence prosecutors shared with defense attorneys this week.
In the video, which did not include audio, Chloe, wearing a white hat, her swim suit and swim shoes, runs across the pool area with her grandfather a few feet behind.
(MORE: Grandfather charged with negligent homicide in death of granddaughter who fell from cruise ship)
They walk over to the wall of windows where Anello appears to look over the railing, through the open window. Anello picks Chloe up and stands her up on the railing, and they appear to lean over together looking out over the port.
Then he re-adjusts and sits Chloe on the railing, still facing the port. They lean over again and she disappears from the frame.
(MORE: Indiana toddler died in cruise ship fall after grandpa thought window was closed: Attorney)
Moments later, Anello drops to the ground. Winkleman said Anello repeatedly screamed that he thought the window was closed.
"You're dealing with what happened in a split second, in a terrible set of circumstances, but you have a grandfather who 99.9% of his attention is on his grandchildren," Winkleman told ABC News on Thursday. "When I'm on a cruise ship and I'm in a kids play area and I see a wall of windows, I think it's reasonable for me to think that's a wall of windows and there's not going to be some hidden danger."
Other passengers then rush to the windows to see what happened. Some are seen walking away, clearly distraught.
Anello has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with Chloe's death, which Winkleman has called a "tragic accident."
"I think a lot of people don't understand the unique configuration of the ship because it has this window that sort of has this curvature with this railing that goes across it," Winkleman said. "So I think some people may be thought he was dangling her out the window, but I think it's very clear from the video that it's not the case."
"He thought this window was closed... this is a wall of windows with one random window that was open," said Winkleman. "The whole thing happens in less that thirty seconds. And the amount of time he has her on the railing is about five seconds. So all this happens like that."
(MORE: 1-year-old daughter of Indiana police officer dies after falling off cruise ship in Puerto Rico: Officials)
Prosecutors say they have witnesses, both on and off the island, they plan to call to testify.
“We’re comfortable with the evidence that we have,” prosecutor Ivette Nieves told ABC News this week. “We have a solid case.”
Royal Caribbean's Director of Corporate Communications, Melissa Charbonneau, wrote in an email to ABC News on Thursday: "This was a tragic incident. Out of respect for the family's privacy during this very sad time, and because the government has chosen to charge Mr. Salvatore Anello with negligent homicide in a matter now before the courts, we have no further comment."
Anello appeared at a preliminary hearing in San Juan on Thursday , after which his attorney, Jose Ortiz, declined to comment. Anello is next due in court on Dec. 17 and has not entered a plea.
ABC News' Scott Withers contributed to this report.
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Man Who Disappeared from Carnival Cruise Ship 'Jumped' Overboard, Officials Say
Security footage from the Carnival Glory showed Tyler Barnett “jumping off the cruise ship,” according to an update from the Coast Guard
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Authorities say the man who recently disappeared from a Carnival cruise ship appeared to have jumped overboard.
Security footage from the Carnival Glory “shows the man jumping off the cruise ship ,” according to a Tuesday night update from the Coast Guard.
The agency has officially identified the missing man as Tyler Barnett of Houma, Louisiana.
A Carnival spokesperson tells PEOPLE that footage appeared to show Barnett jumping from the ship’s Deck 4 around 1:40 a.m. local time on Monday.
“He can be seen climbing on a lifeboat and jumping from there,” the spokesperson said.
Barnett’s mother Elisha Reid told Business Insider that her daughter was previously informed that there was no footage of what happened.
In Carnival's statement to PEOPLE, a spokesperson said that on Tuesday, they were "advised of the possibility of him wearing a different shirt, which allowed our security team to change the profile of the guest as we searched onboard video."
"We have informed the U.S. Coast Guard and are providing assistance to the guest’s family that was traveling with him," they added.
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Family members previously said Barnett’s passenger card was swiped at the ship’s casino at 12:15 a.m., and his room just before 12:30 a.m., according to CBS affiliate WWL-TV . Carnival crew members began searching for Barnett around 7:30 a.m.
The Coast Guard said watchstanders with its New Orleans sector were alerted to the incident just after 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
So far, crews have searched more than 200 miles of water for the missing passenger, according to the agency. But adverse weather conditions have hampered the search.
"I just want answers, and I'm holding out for hope," Barnett's grandmother Dirlean Tate Mason told NBC News in a story published on Tuesday.
The Coast Guard has since narrowed its search area roughly 30 miles southwest of the Southwest Pass.
Meanwhile, Carnival Cruise Line said its Care Team “is supporting the missing guest's family on board” the ship, which "arrived today to Montego Bay, Jamaica as planned."
On Facebook, Mason said she and her family are in need of prayers as they await answers. “We are holding on to hope and prayer that he will be found safe,” she wrote. "Our hearts are breaking."
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8-year-old girl dies after fall on Carnival cruise ship
Police are investigating the death of a child who fell on a Carnival cruise ship Saturday shortly after it arrived in Miami.
About 8:15 a.m. Saturday, an 8-year-old girl on board the Carnival Glory fell from a deck in the ship’s interior atrium to the lower deck, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
The ship was docked at PortMiami at the time, police said, and had just returned from a seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean.
“The ship’s medical team responded immediately and the child was transported to the ship’s medical center,” Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswoman Jayme Eglin said in an email. Those on board also alerted Miami-Dade police, she said.
The girl was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center, less than five miles from the port, where she died, police said.
“Our most heartfelt condolences are with the family at this very difficult time,” Eglin said.
Carnival representatives and police declined Sunday to answer further questions, including whether there was any reason to suspect foul play or exactly where on the ship the fall occurred. The investigation is ongoing, Miami-Dade police said.
At a news conference Saturday , a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman estimated that the girl fell “about 20 feet.”
Photos obtained by ABC News showed emergency workers and crew members gathered on a lower deck of the ship, reportedly after the girl fell; some held up sheets to shield the scene from view.
The ship was turned back over to Carnival Cruise Lines “to resume normal operations,” police said Saturday. Various travel websites showed that the Carnival Glory was scheduled to depart Saturday on another seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean.
That departure was delayed by at least two hours, according to tweets from would-be Carnival Glory passengers who were forced to wait.
“Investigators are working closely with Carnival Cruise Lines personnel to determine the details surrounding this incident,” police said in a statement.
Carnival carries more than 4 million passengers per year, more than any other cruise line, according to its website.
The girl’s death was not the first time tragedy had struck the Carnival Glory, which was built in 2003. In 2015, Cameron Smook, a 21-year-old Virginia Tech senior, died after accidentally falling overboard the ship.
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Around 100 people were injured Saturday when a cruise ship off the coast of the United Kingdom entered rough seas.
Saga Cruises’ Spirit of Discovery ship encountered treacherous conditions Saturday in the U.K.’s Bay of Biscay.
The vessel’s automatic safety systems were activated, shifting the boat to one side before it came to a stop, according to the BBC.
A spokesperson for Saga Cruises told the outlet that the ship docked on Monday in Portsmouth, adding that nearly 100 people suffered minor injuries during the ship’s maneuver.
The spokesperson said that five people were transported to area hospitals once on land.
The ship had embarked on a 14-day cruise to the Canary Islands, which left on Oct. 24 with around 1,000 people onboard before cruise staff made a decision to turn around and head back to the U.K.
However, one passenger told the BBC that the situation was dire. Another said people “feared for their lives.”
“To say ‘minor injuries’ is an insult to the many horrific broken bones, pelvises, lacerations, stitches, etc. that were caused [to] a very old passenger clientele,” the passenger said. “People were writing texts to their loved ones in case we capsized.”
“The tone of voice in our captain… he was physically scared. We had crew crying. We had many passengers in awful states of fear,” the passenger added.
Jan Bendall, a passenger on the ship, told the BBC that the captain came over the speaker system and told passengers to “remain seated or lie down.”
One passenger, Emma Danbury, provided Fox News Digital with a video from her cabin showing waves hitting the ship.
Bendall said the ship was at a standstill for about 15 hours during the storm, adding that her husband and herself were “holding on for dear life.”
A portion of the dining room was converted into a “makeshift medical area,” Bendall said, adding that passengers were asked to remain in their cabins for a portion of Saturday and all of Sunday.
Alan Grisedale, a passenger on the ship, said “tables were flying” with waves “throwing people around all up and down the place.”
In a statement to the BBC, Saga said there was “very limited” damage to fixtures inside the ship, but it “remained safe at all times.”
“While the weather is clearly beyond our control, we want to offer our sincere apologies to all those affected who are now safely on their way home in calmer seas,” the spokesperson said.
Fox News Digital reached out to Saga Cruises for comment.
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Authorities urgently search for man who jumped off cruise ship in Gulf of Mexico
Posted: November 15, 2023 | Last updated: November 15, 2023
Authorities say they are urgently searching the waters of the Gulf of Mexico after a man apparently jumped off a cruise ship.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Monday informing them that there was an unaccounted-for passenger from the Carnival Glory cruise ship, which was scheduled to stop at Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico, before returning to New Orleans on Sunday, according to the ship's itinerary.
"The unaccounted-for man has been identified by family members as Tyler Barnett of Houma, Louisiana," read a statement from the United States Coast Guard released on Tuesday. "Carnival reported he was last seen on security camera at approximately midnight Monday morning."
Carnival Glory's security team reviewed footage that showed Barnett jumped from the fourth deck of the ship at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement from Matt Lupoli, senior manager of public relations for Carnival Cruise Line.
"He can be seen climbing on a lifeboat and jumping from there," according to the statement.
The United States Coast Guard District Eight watchstanders immediately launched a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew and an Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Super Hercules aircrew to conduct searches of "a roughly 200-mile area following the path of the ships voyage," authorities confirmed.
Watchstanders have also been transmitting urgent marine information broadcasts to mariners to make them aware of the missing man in case he is seen in the water and can be rescued by another vessel.
The United States Coast Guard said officials are combing through the search area located approximately 30 miles southwest of the Southwest Pass, in Louisiana.
The search had to be called off overnight due to "severe weather conditions and safety concerns," authorities said. However, as of Tuesday morning, an Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry had resumed search efforts.
As of Wednesday, search efforts had not turned up any clues but the Coast Guard said they will continue searching for the missing passenger as weather conditions permit.
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