The U.S. Coast Guard today halted the search for a cruise ship passenger who reportedly fell overboard into the Atlantic, 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday night.
Another passenger aboard the Allure of the Seas cruise ship, as well as a surveillance camera, witnessed the 21-year-old woman from Bartlett, Tenn., falling overboard. Crewmembers searched the vessel for the missing woman, and the Coast Guard was informed.
Coast Guard search and rescue teams scoured more than 2,300 square miles over 46 hours before the search was ended. FBI investigators are looking into what caused the woman to fall.
“It’s always unfortunate when we have to suspend a search, because our main focus is to locate the individual and return her safely to her family,” said Capt. Todd Lutes, 7th Coast Guard District chief of Incident Management Branch. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of the missing woman.”
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