Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Carnival Victory Crewmember 30 Miles Northwest of Cuba
By U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast // July 8, 2019
Coast Guard’s search will remain suspended pending the development of new information
MIAMI, FLORIDA – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for a missing Carnival Victory crewmember who reportedly went overboard 30 miles northwest of Cuba.
After searching approximately 2,600 square nautical miles for over 45 hours, officials were unable to locate the crewmember.
“We’ve been in contact with the crewmember’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult time for them,” said Michael Mullen, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard 7th District.
“Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”
Involved with the search were the Coast Guard Cutters Charles Sexton (WPC-1108) and William Trump (WPC-1111) with Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane aircrews. The Cuban Border Guard also conducted searches.
The Coast Guard’s search will remain suspended pending the development of new information.
The Carnival Victory is a Destiny-class cruise ship weighing in at 101,509 tons and is almost 900 feet long. The vessel can accommodate 2,764 passengers and has a crew of 1,100.
The cruise ship was on a four-day cruise that departed from Miami on Monday.
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