Coast Guard Searches for Cruise Ship Passenger in Bahamas

September 7, 2016 Updated: September 7, 2016

MIAMI—Authorities searched in the Bahamas for a U.S. citizen who went overboard from a cruise ship before dawn Wednesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the 32-year-old woman apparently fell from the 11th deck of the Carnival Ecstasy as the ship passed near the island of Grand Bahama. Carnival Cruise Line reported that she was witnessed jumping overboard.

A statement from the cruise company said it emergency procedures were initiated immediately and the crew began to search for the woman. The U.S. Coast Guard aircraft and two ships to an area about 27 miles (about 43 km) southwest of the island of Grand Bahama to look for her.

The cruise ship had left Nassau, Bahamas and was en route to Charleston, South Carolina at the time.

The woman’s name and hometown were not released.

Carnival released a statement on the incident.

“The company’s CareTeam is providing assistance and support to the missing guest’s family on board and our thoughts and prayers are with her and family and loved ones during this difficult time,” the statement said, according to CBS News.

Search crews are looking for the woman via both air and in the water. 

According to NBC6, the unnamed woman was seen wearing a white dress.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.