A few hours after departing Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands, it is confirmed by Carnival Cruise Line that a passenger from the Horizon Carnival the cruise ship is at sea. The Carnival cruise ship is searching the area and two lifeboats from the ship have been deployed.
Passenger at sea Carnival Horizon
The cruise line confirmed that a male passenger jumped overboard Horizon Carnival ship just off the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday nights around 7:00 p.m. The Vista-class vessel has already begun a search and launched two of its lifeboats. A lifeline was also thrown into the water from the deck of the ship.
A guest aboard the current sailboat named David Custer tweeted, “A guest jumped overboard from deck 11 Wednesday around 7 p.m. ET. The ship’s command immediately began search and rescue procedures, returned to the area near where the incident occurred, and notified the US Coast Guard.
Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement: “Carnival Horizon is currently looking for a guest who jumped overboard from Deck 11 Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. ET. The vessel had departed Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands at 5 p.m. ET.
“Vessel command immediately began search and rescue procedures, returned to the area near where the incident occurred and notified the US Coast Guard. The Carnival CARE team is supporting the guest’s wife who was traveling with him.
The Carnival cruise ship had made a scheduled stopover at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands after a departure at 5:00 p.m. The fall into the sea occurred around 7:00 p.m. A video has already been uploaded of the ongoing search operation tonight.
Horizon Carnival was heading for its final stop in Nassau, Bahamas, and is expected to arrive on March 18. Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic was also a featured stopover on March 15 on the six-night Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The ship is scheduled to return to Miami, Florida on March 19, 2022.
The vessel weighs 133,500 gross tons and can accommodate over 3,900 passengers in double occupancy and 1,450 international crew members.
This news comes after a guest went too far Carnival value in February 2022 while the ship was in the Gulf of Mexico. The US Coast Guard launched a search operation, but unfortunately the passenger was never found.
This is developing news and more will follow shortly.