Search called off for passenger who jumped from Carnival Mardi Gras

Apr 19, 2022

After a 58-hour search covering over 2,078 square miles, the Coast Guard has made a difficult decision to suspend its search for a 43-year-old man who went overboard from the cruise ship Mardi Gras. Two Coast Guard cutters and an aircraft were searching for the man. The man was identified by the Coast Guard as Tang Tran. The report states that the man jumped overboard the Carnival cruise ship on Saturday, 55 miles off the Florida coast. 

"This evening I made the difficult decision to suspend the search for Mr. Tran," Capt. Mark Vlaun, Commander of the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, said in a statement. "We are grateful to Carnival for the swift response and support to the family. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Tran's family and friends during this difficult time."

The Coast Guard said it was first notified of the incident at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Saturday morning. The crew of two Carnival ships, Mardi Gras and Elation, initiated a search and rescue operations immediately until they were released by the U.S. Coast Guard.

“The Carnival Care Team is supporting the guest’s family. Mardi Gras,” said Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest and his family.”

The decision to suspend the search comes days after the man was first reported missing. The cruise line told CBS News on Saturday that a man "jumped overboard" early in the morning as the Mardi Gras was returning to Port Canaveral.