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Coast Guard Searching For Man Who Fell From Carnival Cruise Ship

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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. 

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A man fell from the Carnival Dream cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Cruise Mapper)

A spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line said several cargo ships are also helping in the search.

"We are saddened by this outcome and the onboard CareTeam is assisting the guest’s family. The incident happened several hours after the ship departed from Galveston and based on camera footage, it appears the guest jumped from his stateroom balcony."

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The Carnival Dream was headed for Cozumel, Mexico (Photo: Carnival Cruises)

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. 

Cruise Ships have camera systems that automatically detect when a person falls from the vessel (Photo: Pure Tech Systems)

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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