US Coast Guard searches for female passenger who may have fallen from cruise ship – as it happened

10.30am GMT The Coast Guard is searching for an unidentified female passenger who apparently fell from the Carnival Spirit ship that was docked at the port of Galveston in Texas. The Coast Guard dispatched…

US Coast Guard searches for female passenger who may have fallen from cruise ship – as it happened

10.30am GMT

The Coast Guard is searching for an unidentified female passenger who apparently fell from the Carnival Spirit ship that was docked at the port of Galveston in Texas.

The Coast Guard dispatched two HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft, a 45-foot patrol boat and the 48-foot Lifeguard and Amphibious Response Boat 5, and the Frisco Response Boat-Medium. The Coast Guard said all vessels in the vicinity would be ordered to keep an eye out for the missing passenger.

Officials said the woman, whose name has not been released, went overboard sometime during the early hours of Wednesday, local time. She reportedly fell around 4am and was reportedly swept away in the Gulf of Mexico.

Carnival issued a statement saying: “We are aware of the situation and working with the US Coast Guard. Our focus is on assisting the Coast Guard as it responds to this emergency.”

We’ll be updating this post as news comes in.

UPDATE 10.20am

Passengers were reportedly rescued by the Coast Guard and two vessels. A representative for Carnival Cruise Lines tweeted, “The Carnival Spirit is currently at port in Galveston Texas. We are en route to Manzanillo where crew members are assisting a guest who has gone overboard. The person was reported overboard around 3 a.m. this morning. The ship’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon was activated and the SeaTran X-1 and Coast Guard Auxiliary Jetboat are on site helping with the rescue.”

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