A search is underway for a missing Carnival Cruise Line passenger who may have gone overboard this morning from the Carnival Paradise.
Worrying developments coming from the Carnival Paradise cruise ship as the U.S. Coast Guard is reporting that a 50-year-old man is missing. There is a possibility that he went overboard at around 10 AM on Tuesday morning as the ship was sailing near Florida.
The cruise passenger has been named as Brian Lamonds from Greensboro, North Carolina and an active search by the Coast Guard was launched after the ship raised the alarm. At the time he went missing the Carnival ship was 85 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida.
Assets have been launched from Key West including an aircraft, helicopter, and a coast guard cutter. No doubt they are searching the entire area and during what is a worrying time for the man’s family and loved ones.
This is a developing story and will be updating readers as the search continues. The Fantasy class vessel is currently sailing a 5-night western Caribbean cruise which departed Tampa, Florida on May 21. The ship has scheduled call in Key West today and will then sail to Cozumel, Mexico. The arrival back in Tampa will be on May 26.
Also Read: What Happens During a Cruise Ship Overboard?
When a passenger goes missing certain procedures will be activated by the cruise ship staff including announcements over the ships PA system, checking any CCTV cameras and a full ship-wide search.
Sadly this news comes off a series of recent overboard tragedies. Just last week a search was called off for an overboard passenger from MSC Seaside. Near Singapore, an elderly guest was overboard the Carnival-owned Sun Princess over the weekend and that search also ended with no success.