Update: The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the man who fell overboard. Follow the latest developments.
The US Coast Guard is looking for a man who jumped overboard from a cruise ship on Saturday as it approached Florida.
Man jumped from Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras just after midnight, about 55 miles east of Port Canaveral, according to the Coast Guard and Carnival.
The Coast Guard responded with two cutters and a plane to search for the 43-year-old man. Mardi Gras and the Elation cruise ship also participated in the search, said Coast Guard spokesman David Micallef.
“The Carnival Care team is supporting the family of guest Mardi Gras,” said Carnival spokesman Matt Lupoli. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the guest and his family.”
Lupoli said the Coast Guard released the vessel from search efforts and it continued to Port Canaveral. It will continue to sail as expected.
CBS Miami reported the Mardi Gras is the largest ship ever built for the cruise line. The first cruise ship with a roller coaster on board, the Mardi Gras is 1,130 feet long, has 21 decks, 2,641 staterooms and includes six themed areas and restaurants from Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Rudi Sodamin and Shaquille O’Neal .
Last month, a guest jumped overboard from the Carnival Horizon ship that had left Miami. This man’s body was would have found.