Coast Guard Stops Search For Man Who Fell From Cruise Ship
(CBSMiami/AP) — The search for a missing cruise ship employee has been called off. The U.S. Coast Guard is suspending its search for a 37-year-old crew member who apparently fell overboard from the cruise ship Carnival Victory. The agency said Sunday it searched for the missing man for more than 45 hours over about 2,600 square nautical miles (8,918 square nautical kilometers). The Coast Guard was notified Thursday that a Carnival cruise ship crewmember fell overboard about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Cuba. The search involved two cutters as well as air crews. The Coast Guard said in a news release that the Cuban Border Guard also conducted searches.
Power loss off Cuba
The "Carnival Victory" lost power for several hours on Feb 28, 2019, around 5 p.m. A generator was started, but the ship remained drifting without propulsion for several hours. She was on a four-night Western Caribbean cruise, having left Miami on Feb 25 bound for Key West, Florida. The cruise ship called on Cozumel on Feb 27 and was north of Cuba at the time of the power failure, being scheduled to arrive back in Miami on March 1 at 8 a.m. Power and all services have been fully restored short time later, and the ship continued on the way to Miami, having increased its speed from around 11 knots to 20 knots.
Search for passenger who fell over board suspended
The US Coast Guard was searching for Thomas McElhany, a 26-year-old man, who went overboard from the "Carnival Victory" at FLorida Keys 35 miles south of Islamorada on Dec 14, 2018, 35 miles south of Islamorada. The Coast Guard 7th District command center received a call from the cruise ship stating a passenger had reportedly went overboard. Coast Guard asets searching were: A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry the Coast Guard Cutter "Charles David, Jr." (WPC-1107) the Coast Guard Cutter "Charles Sexton" (WPC-1108), the Coast Guard Cutter "Cochito" (WPB-87329). The cruise ship’s next port of call was Miami where it called at 8.45 p.m. the same day. The search was suspended on Dec 15. Crews had searched for approximately 32 hours covering 2,086 square miles.Upload News