U.S. Coast Guard searching for passenger fallen from cruise ship

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 06, 2015 11:05 AM

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews were searching on Friday for a 35-year-old Brazilian man who fell from a cruise ship in the Bahamas, officials said.

The Royal Caribbean Cruises ship Oasis of the Seas reported the man missing at about 1 a.m. ET on Friday, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

"He was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship," the cruise line said in a statement.

The Coast Guard said it was searching about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Mayaguana, in the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean said the man fell overboard about 70 miles (112 km) east of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Two small boats were launched to search for the man who was last seen wearing a pink shirt and white shorts, according to the Coast Guard.

A long-range Coast Guard helicopter was despatched from Florida to search for the man as well as a Hercules HC-130 search and rescue plane, the Coast Guard said.

The Oasis of the Seas, which can carry more than 5,000 passengers, is on a weeklong cruise in the eastern Caribbean and is currently based in Port Everglades, in South Florida.

(Reporting by David Adams; Editing by James Dalgleish)