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Coast Guard suspends search for overboard cruise ship passenger near Galveston

Coast Guard
Posted at 7:29 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 20:29:41-04

The Coast Guard has suspended their search for a 26-year-old male who was reported overboard from the Carnival Dream 47 miles southwest of Galveston.

Search crews covered more than 586 square miles throughout the two day search that ended Saturday evening.

"With our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this young man, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our search," said Lt. Cmdr. Caren Damon, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Houston-Galveston. "We would like to thank the three good Samaritan vessels, along with our crews, who faced extreme weather conditions during the search due to Tropical Storm Olga. At the height of the storm, search crews endured winds up to 35 mph, 12-foot seas and incredibly low visibility."

The search began Thursday evening when officials were notified that the male had gone overboard from the cruise ship.

Involved in the search were:
Coast Guard Air Station Houston
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi
Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark
Carnival Dream
Good Samaritan vessels