Coast Guard suspends search for cruise ship passengers who have fallen overboard off Florida

The US Coast Guard has dropped a search for a missing 35-year-old man who fell overboard from a cruise ship 186 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla.

Ronnie Peale is missing.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 5,171 square miles and 60 hours.

Carnival Cruise Lines employees contacted Coast Guard guards at 6:36 p.m. Monday and reported that a passenger had fallen off the cruise ship carnival magic and went into the water. The search was suspended on Wednesday evening.

Coast Guard sentries deployed flight crews and diverted the aircraft USCGC Escanaba (WMEC 907) Conduct air and sea search and rescue operations. U.S. Navy ships and planes in the area also aided in search efforts.

Peale was out with his fiancé when the incident happened. The woman told the media they were on their first cruise together. A Carnival spokesman told the media that a review of CCTV footage showed Peale falling overboard around 4:10 a.m. Monday morning after leaning over the railing on his balcony.

“The Seventh Coast Guard District dispatched multiple search and rescue personnel as soon as we were notified of the missing person. Our security guards at the command center provided search patterns for cutter and flight crews who were actively searching Monday through Wednesday evening,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hooper, Coast Guard District Seven Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. “The decision to suspend active search efforts pending further development is never one to be taken lightly. We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Peale.”

The incident comes after a recent high school graduate went missing near Nassau in the Bahamas last week after apparently jumping overboard on a sunset cruise. A haunting video that has since gone viral shows the man, identified as 18-year-old Cameron Robbins, after entering the water next to the pirate charter ship Blackbeard’s Revenge in the dark while others on board looked on.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force alerted security guards at US Coast Guard District Seven to the incident at 11:30 p.m. last Wednesday. Coast Guard crews searched more than 325 square miles before the Royal Bahamas Defense Force called off the search Friday night.

According to CruiseJunkie.com man overboard trackerSince 2000, there have been 381 man-overboard accidents in the cruise and passenger ship industry.

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