Coast Guard Searching for Missing Carnival Cruise Passenger Who May Have Jumped Overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a man who went overboard a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.

The 26-year-old man is believed to have jumped overboard from his stateroom balcony at approximately 8:45 p.m. The Carnival Dream ship had left port at Galveston, Texas earlier that day.

“The ship's command promptly began search and rescue procedures, returned to the area near where the incident occurred and notified the US Coast Guard which is sending a helicopter to assist in the search,” the cruise line said in a statement, according to local ABC News. “The onboard CareTeam is assisting the guest's family.”

The ship had just embarked on a four-day tour to Cozumel.

Several ships and aircraft are involved in the search, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

“We got a pretty sad situation out here right now, man,” passenger Darrell Byer, who shot video of the coast guard’s search, said. “A man overboard. We turned the ship around, and we're in a search pattern right now.”

Last week, a Royal Caribbean passenger was banned for life after she climbed over her balcony’s railing for an at-sea photo shoot. And earlier this month, a 23-year-old man was rescued from another Carnival ship off the coast of Louisiana when he fell 15 feet onto the deck below.

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