The Coast Guard is helping to find a passenger on the Carnival Valor cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, who “jumped overboard after being handcuffed by the ship’s security.”
- An unidentified woman jumped off a Carnival cruise ship en route from Cozumel, Mexico to New Orleans around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
- She is reportedly 32 years old and was allegedly kept in handcuffs after she was reportedly involved in a security breach on board.
- The US Coast Guard sent two helicopter crews to help find the woman in the Gulf of Mexico.
- The incident occurred about 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
The US Coast Guard is looking for a passenger who was reportedly stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after falling overboard from the Carnival cruise ship on Wednesday.
The Carnival Valor was 150 miles offshore near Southwest Pass, Louisiana, completing its journey from Cozumel, Mexico, to New Orleans — just over 76 hours — when the 32-year-old woman allegedly jumped over the top deck of the ship around 2 a.m. :30 pm
The Coast Guard sent two helicopter crews to locate the woman after a call came in about the incident around 3 p.m.
It is not clear how she ended up in the water, but some passengers said security on board allegedly detained the handcuffed woman until she disappeared.
According to Fox 8, a passenger aboard the ship suggested that the vessel had turned around to return to the spot where the man had jumped into the water.
With a height of 952 feet and a displacement of 110,000 tons, the Carnival Valor can carry 2,980 passengers and 180 crew members. It has 13 decks and was built in 2004 and then refurbished in 2008.
The ship set sail from Mexican shores around 3:27 p.m. Tuesday and is expected to arrive in New Orleans on Thursday morning.
Johnny tweeted (@johnnytrupp) a video of a lifebuoy and flare with red smoke coming out of the water. It was written on the stern of the ship.
A Twitter user managed to capture the moments when a woman fell overboard and a life jacket was thrown into the water along with a flare that emitted red smoke.
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— Johnny (@johnnytrupp) February 17, 2022
Passengers looked overboard after a woman who was being held in handcuffs after a riot on the ship jumped from her upper deck.
Carnival Valor has 13 decks and can accommodate 2980 passengers as well as 180 crew members.
Cruise lines have a legal obligation under Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and Coast Guard regulations to conduct search and rescue operations immediately if a passenger is detected falling overboard.
There is about a 25 percent chance of finding people who have fallen overboard alive, and this is affected by a number of factors, including location, time of day and weather.
“The Carnival CARE team is supporting the guest’s husband who traveled with her,” Carnival said in a statement.
Carnival has the highest number of passengers and crew who have fallen overboard since 2000, with just 73, according to CruiseJunkie.com.
The Royal Caribbean number is 55; Over the past 11 years, there have been 28 Norwegian Cruise Line flights and 24 passengers or crew on Princess Cruise Lines, also owned by Carnival, according to the site.
The Carnival Valor was 150 miles off the coast of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, completing a trip that departed Cozumel, Mexico, for New Orleans on Tuesday.
On average, about 25 people fall from cruise ships a year.
In 2019, 26 people fell overboard out of the 29 million guests that cruised that year. This makes the chances of a person falling overboard during a cruise about one in 1.4 million.
This latest incident comes two months after a woman crashed to her death in the Pacific Ocean by falling overboard another Carnival ship, triggering an international search.
The FBI said it was investigating the incident amid allegations of foul play.