Coast Guard ends search for man who went overboard on a cruise ship near Bahamas

The Carnival Elation
The Carnival Elation Credit is Carnival Cruise Lines

The Coast Guard stopped searching for a man who went overboard on a cruise ship near the Bahamas early Monday morning.

The search lasted through Tuesday and covered more than 1,300 square miles in nine hours.

Kevin Wellons, of Warner Robins, Georgia, was “seen going overboard” from the 11th deck of the Carnival Elation from the ship’s closed circuit TV. It’s unclear what led to the 24-year-old ending up in the sea, about 15 miles southwest of Abaco, Bahamas.

The ship was on its way to Nassau from Jacksonville. The passenger’s wife reported him missing around 8:30 a.m. once the ship made it to Nassau.

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