Tourism & Cruises

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Carnival cruise ship passenger

File photo of Carnival Ecstasy
File photo of Carnival Ecstasy MIAMI HERALD FILE PHOTO

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday night for a missing 32-year-old woman who fell off the Carnival Ecstasy about 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas Wednesday morning.

Rina Patel, 32, from Interlaken, New York, was reported missing Wednesday. The woman reportedly fell from the 11th floor deck around 2:30 a.m.

A spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Line said the woman jumped.

Coast Guard crews, using a helicopter, an airplane and ships, searched more than 2,800 square miles over a span of 43 hours.

“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy,” said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard's 7th District in a news release. “Suspending search efforts is always a painful decision, but despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate Rina and have made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending any further developments.”

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff