The U.S. Coast Guard said late Thursday it was searching for a man who fell into the Gulf of Mexico while the ship was about 75 km off the coast of Texas.
A 26-year-old man apparently jumped from the balcony of the Carnival Dream cruise ship a few hours after it departed from Galveston.
A spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line said several cargo ships are also helping in the search.
According to the Carnival spokesperson, the cruise ship immediately turned around and began search and rescue procedures. The coast guard “released” the cruise ship late thursday night where it then continued on it's 4 day journey.
According to the Website Cruise Junkie, over 350 people have fallen from cruise ships since the year 2000. Most incidents occur intentionally or from reckless behavior. 2015 was the highest year ever recorded with 27 man overboards.
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