Coast Guard initiates search for passenger at sea Carnival Cruise Ship


On Wednesday afternoon, the US Coast Guard confirmed it had launched a search for a guest aboard a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is returning to its home port of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Passenger at Sea Carnival Valor

It is confirmed that a 32-year-old woman is currently missing from the Carnival value cruise ship, and the US Coast Guard has launched a search with assets. According to a video uploaded by a passenger on board, a life ring was seen floating empty in the water.

The fall overboard happened about 150 miles off South West Pass in Louisiana, and the agency was contacted around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday by the vessel.

The US Coast Guard said, New Orleans Coast Guard sector watchmen received a call at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday reporting that a passenger on the Carnival Valor cruise ship had fallen overboard. The lookouts ordered the launch of rescue teams to begin the search.

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Involved in the search is an Ocean Sentry and a medium range Jayhawk. Usually in these cases the cruise ship would also initially be included in any search by launching one of its own lifeboats.

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At the time, Carnival value was returning home to the port of New Orleans and is expected to return early Thursday morning February 17. It is currently unknown if the Carnival cruise ship will have a delayed return to New Orleans due to the situation at sea.

The Conquest-class cruise ship is completing a five-day Western Caribbean voyage that included stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel, located in Mexico.

Carnival Valor’s next voyage is scheduled to depart New Orleans Thursday afternoon on a four-day Western Caribbean itinerary with a single stopover in Cozumel.

The last time at sea a Carnival cruise ship was in December 2021. The Coast Guard spent more than 31 hours looking for a woman overboard Carnival Miracle right next to Ensenada in Mexico.

Carnival Valor at Sea

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