The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the suspension of separate search operations for two individuals who went overboard from different cruise ships.
The first search was conducted for a 28-year-old man named Tyler Barnett, who went missing from the Carnival Glory cruise ship on Monday night approximately 30 miles southwest of Southwest Pass, Louisiana. Despite covering an area larger than the size of Connecticut, the search was unsuccessful in locating Barnett.
Carnival reported Barnett was last seen on security camera at approximately midnight Monday. The company later reported that they had discovered new security footage that showed a passenger going overboard early Monday morning.
The Coast Guard deployed multiple assets and conducted air and surface searches in challenging weather conditions, including 8-foot to 12-foot seas, limited visibility, and gale force winds. Unfortunately, these adverse conditions hampered the search efforts, leading to the difficult decision to suspend the active searches.
The second search was carried out for a 30-year-old crew member of the MSC Seascape cruise ship. The crew member, an Indian national, is reported to have fallen overboard in the Atlantic Ocean north of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
The crew member was last observed falling approximately 80-feet from the bow of the cruise ship from a height of approximately 32-feet above the water. 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.
Rescue crews found three life rings, recovered two, but did not find any survivors during search efforts.
Despite extensive search efforts covering approximately 887 square nautical miles, the individual remains missing.
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