Coast Guard suspends search for man who jumped from cruise ship off Florida
MELBOURNE, Florida. – U.S. Coast Guard crews on Monday ended a search for a passenger who jumped from the Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras about 63 miles off Melbourne, News 6 partner Florida today reported.
At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a cruise ship crew member notified the Coast Guard that a man had fallen overboard. The passenger was identified as Tang Tran, 43, according to a Coast Guard news release.
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Coast Guard personnel and other entities spent 58 hours searching approximately 2,078 square miles before the effort was suspended.
“Tonight I have made the difficult decision to suspend the search for Mr. Tran,” Capt. Mark Vlaun, who commands Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, said in Monday’s news release.
“We are grateful to Carnival for the quick response and support for the family. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Tran’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Vlaun said.
Mardi Gras was heading to Port Canaveral on Saturday morning.
Coast Guard personnel deployed three cutters – the Legare, Heron and Ibis – and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry surveillance aircraft from Air Station Miami during the search for Tran.
“The Coast Guard makes the decision to suspend active search based on a number of variables, including weather, water temperature, sea conditions and other factors,” staff said. from Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in an email Monday afternoon.
“The timing of each search will vary depending on the specific incident,” the email states.
At around 1 a.m. on Saturday April 9, crew members aboard the Carnival Magic notified the Coast Guard of a distress call from a man whose sailboat became disabled about 69 miles off Port Canaveral, the cruise line said in a press release. The stranded sailor was rescued.
Mardi Gras was christened at a naming ceremony in October at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3. The ship operates six-, seven-, and eight-day excursions in the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Mardi Gras is Carnival’s newest and largest ship with 17 passenger decks, a double occupancy capacity of 5,282 and a total capacity of 6,465, with a crew of 1,745.
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