A man leaped from the deck of a Carnival cruise ship as it was returning to port and has not been found.
According to the cruise line, the 43-year-old man went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship that was headed for Port Canaveral early on the morning of Saturday, Apr. 16.
Carnival Cruise Line confirmed the incident to local news station WFLA through a statement, saying only that an adult male guest jumped from the Carnival Mardi Gras early Saturday morning.
The ship was making its return to Port Canaveral at the time of the incident.
Carnival said that the US Coast Guard was notified and is searching for the man. The crew helped the Coast Guard search until the ship was released.
“The Carnival Care Team is supporting the guest’s family,” the cruise line said. “Mardi Gras has arrived at Port Canaveral and will be sailing its next itinerary.”
Hours after the incident, officials from the US Guard told WFLA’s 8 On your side, it had several search vessels in the water looking for the man. An aerial unit was also in operation.
While search and rescue crews were unsuccessful in their attempt to locate the man so far, the search is said to be continuing.
CBS Miami reported the Mardi Gras is the largest ship ever built for the cruise line. The first cruise ship with an onboard roller coaster, the Mardi Gras is 1,130 feet long, has 21 decks and 2,641 staterooms, and features six themed zones and restaurants from Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Rudi Sodamin, and Shaquille O’Neal.
According to a report by TMZ, another passenger learned of the incident after two teens screamed that someone had jumped overboard.
A Coast Guard official told WFLA that the cause of the incident is still under investigation.
Last month, a guest jumped overboard from the Carnival Horizon ship that had departed from Miami. That man’s body was reportedly found.