A passenger reportedly jumped overboard from a Carnival cruise ship after the crew was alerted by the screams of children.
The incident happened early Saturday morning as Carnival Mardi Gras returned to central Florida.
The ship was on its last leg of the trip from Grand Turk to Port Canaveral when the man overboard notice was sent just after midnight.
A cruise passenger who was on deck seven at the time told TMZ she saw two teenagers running past her in a panic.
When she told them to slow down so they wouldn’t get hurt, they yelled that someone had gone too far.
A Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson told the US Sun in a statement: “Carnival Mardi Gras crew reported to the US Coast Guard that an adult male had jumped overboard early Saturday morning while returning from ship in Port Canaveral.”
He added: “The ship’s crew participated in search and rescue efforts until the vessel was freed by the US Coast Guard, who are continuing the search.
“The Carnival Care team supports the guest’s family.
“Mardi Gras has arrived in Port Canaveral and will follow its next route.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the guest and his family.”
The Carnival Elation, which was also in the area to complete a voyage, assisted in search efforts before returning to port.
A guest aboard Mardi Gras told Cruise Radio that Lee, the cruise manager, reported the man overboard on the ship’s intercom system early Saturday morning and another ship was nearby to to help.
Mardi Gras is Carnival’s largest ship to date.
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