Coast Guard Searching for Carnival Ecstasy Passenger
The US Coast Guard crew is searching for a 32-year-old woman who reportedly fell overboard from the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy on Wednesday, 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas. According to the Coast Guard, Carnival Ecstasy crewmembers said a woman was spotted falling overboard from deck 11. Person overboard procedures were initiated by the ship’s crew and the U.S. Coast Guard was notified immediately. Carnival Ecstasy personnel have been participating in the search and rescue operation throughout the morning and Carnival CareTeam is providing support and assistance to the missing woman family on board.
The 7th Coast Guard District command center received notification from Carnival Ecstasy captain, that a woman wearing white dress with pink floral was reportedly seen falling overboard at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Immediately Coast Guard send MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane at the coordinates given by the ships bridge. The Carnival Ecstasy last port of departure was Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday. The ship is scheduled arrive in its home port Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday.
Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Director, Benjamin Lambert on his Facebook profile said “As this information is now public, I just want to extend thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of our guest who went overboard last night. Thank you everyone for your messages of support...it has certainly been a long night/morning.”
Update: In a statement the Coast Guard said the missing woman was Rina Patel, 32, of Interlaken, New York.