Tourism & Cruises

Search called off for passenger who went overboard on Carnival ship in the South Pacific

The Carnival Spirit cruise ship docks in Sydney, Australia in March 2013.
The Carnival Spirit cruise ship docks in Sydney, Australia in March 2013. Carnival Cruise Line

The search for a passenger who went overboard on the Carnival Spirit cruise ship in the South Pacific on Friday was unsuccessful.

At the time of the incident, the 2,680-passenger ship was on its way from its home port of Sydney, Australia, to Noumea, the capital of the French territory New Caledonia, on an 11-day cruise. New Caledonia news reported that the passenger who went overboard was a 25-year-old man.

“An onboard search was conducted and a review of CCTV footage subsequently confirmed that he had climbed overboard from the ship,” said a Carnival spokesman in a statement. “Carnival Spirit turned to conduct a search, however, it is with great sadness that we advise that he could not be found and that marine authorities have suspended the search.”

Just two weeks ago a passenger was rescued after he went overboard on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas cruise ship, based in Miami.

Last year 23 people went overboard on cruise ships and only three were rescued alive, according to a Miami Herald analysis of data compiled by Ross Klein, a professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland who has been tracking overboard incidents since 2000.

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Taylor Dolven covers the tourism industry at the Miami Herald, where she aims to tell stories about the people who work in tourism and the people who enjoy it. Previously, she worked at Vice News in Brooklyn, NY, where she won a Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of NY for a national investigation of police shootings.