A passenger onboard a Carnival Cruise ship seems to have jumped into the Gulf of Mexico this week, prompting a 3,600 square nautical mile search.
Family members reported Tyler Barnett of Houma, Louisiana, missing from the Carnival Glory cruise ship just one day into a weeklong voyage through the Gulf of Mexico. Crew immediately began a search of the Carnival Glory for the missing man and alerted the Coast Guard.
After the ship’s team was unable to find the passenger aboard the cruise liner, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans launched an H144 aircraft from Mobile, Alabama, and a C130 aircraft from St. Petersburg, Florida, to conduct searches into the evening, USCG Heartland said.
“We are currently searching a large area that encompasses more than 200 miles of the ship’s voyage path due to the uncertainty of when he may have gone overboard,” the agency said.
Dangerous weather conditions including strong winds and 8-to 12-foot waves forced crews to temporarily pause search operations overnight, officials said. The search will continue when it is safe to do so.
Undeterred from its goal of being a cruise ship, the Carnival Glory was eventually cleared to continue its journey to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and it’s expected to arrive sometime on November 15, according to Fox Business. After that, it’ll make stops at Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Nothing can slow her down, not even a missing person, apparently.
It’s been a rough few months for people missing on cruise ships. In September, a passenger went missing on another Carnival Cruise, but no one noticed until it returned to port. Back in July, a separate Carnival Cruise passenger went missing after jumping overboard.
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